The moments. All weeks have them. They are what float to the surface when we sift through our days. They are the moments that keep speaking. They have lots to say.
The moments of light, The moments of meaningful. The moments of vulnerable. Little moments with endless possibility. Transformative happenings that linger.
They are quick and happen in a heartbeat. But their meaning fills the space. I am sure you know these moments.
This week I celebrate that I am taking the time to revisit and share them here.
I have a brand new student from Saudi Arabia. Her English words are limited. She has bravely participated and smiled a beautiful beaming smile all week. Today, she finished her math activity and announced, “Finished.” We asked her how she would say this in Arabic. She taught us. Everyone practiced and the entire class cheered for her! I told her now she was the teacher. Her smile? There are no words.
But speaking of words – how thrilled I was to see her writing on the back of her art piece. Not sure if it is her name or . . . But pretty wonderful.
I always love to spy on reading connections during buddy reading. Nothing like an engaged room of little readers.
This was a spontaneous celebration in math. We were working on representing larger numbers on these 400 circle charts. All of a sudden, kids started walking up to the carpet area proudly holding their math sleeves high. Of course, I had to snap a picture.
After lunch reading time. Boys reading their own books and reading to each other.
Realizing I was watching them. 🙂
We made some hearts. This one, lopsided and true might have been my favourite. The smile from the artist when he presented it to me? Also pretty grand.
Thank you to Ruth Ayres and the #celebratelu community!
Being part of a community that regularly shares gratitude and celebrations truly transforms my weeks.
Just a guess translation, but I imagine it says “My new teacher has won my heart.” Sweet post.
This girl has been a gift. Truly. Thanks for such a lovely comment.
Love these weekly pics inside your world! The boy readers – fantastic, especially the second one! Have a great weekend.
Aren’t they wonderful? So into it.
Always love seeing those pictures of the readers, Carrie. They look so enraptured! And glad that you have a new student so happy to get going. I can’t imagine being in a place where I barely spoke the language. She is a brave little girl. I’m sure you have something to do with her big smile.
I lived in what was then Czechoslovakia for 2 years – I have deep empathy for being in a loud world that doesn’t make much sense! She is a gift, this little one. I am learning a lot from her.
I love hearing your classroom stories. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you Earl!
Precious! Such wonderful celebrations – I love all the smiles and enthusiasm. Also, you show the epitome of engagement – such lucky learners!
We aren’t always engaged but it is always my biggest goal so I want to celebrate it when I find it and grow these moments in the room.
Your classroom exudes celebration and I love what a diverse community you teach in. I have so much to learn from you in the patience department, I have no doubt!
I feel very blessed to work in such a diverse community. I learn much every day. I am beginning to realize I actually am quite patient. I have the art of the deep breath down.
I love the picture of the boys being caught reading and talking 🙂 My favorite!
Pretty cute hey?
Welcome to your lovely new student. She has landed in an oasis of love and learning. Lucky girl!
We are the lucky ones! She brings with her a lot of learning opportunities for all of us.
Such a beautiful community of learners. It’s a joy to hear about your students.
They are so very lovely Crystal. I appreciate the opportunity to celebrate them!
Kudos to you for celebrating the uniqueness and heritage of each of your learners! I can only imagine the joy your new student felt when she got to be the teacher.
It was a wonderful moment. Excited to have more like this for her! And us.
Your celebration posts always make me pause, smile and fill my heart . Thank you Carrie.
That means a lot. Many thanks Shari.