Some weeks we can make a list of things that happen – often all in a day happen – that add to the already stressful end of term. It’s report card season. That is enough right there to put me over the edge. And then . . .
- The heat in my classroom stopped working twice. 15 degrees celsius (that’s 59 fahrenheit for you in the U.S.) is too cold in a classroom!
- A mouse was spotted in our cloakroom.
- The upstairs printer stopped working and it was days and days before it was fixed (in “report cards are due and need to be printed week,” let’s remember)
- I got phone calls like this, “T will be late. He just threw up in the downstairs hall.”
- Our upstairs hallway had too much noise much too often. Upset kids. Kids not managing. Racing about. A few high pitched screams. Our door has to be constantly shut to keep our attempts at calm and learning inside the room.
- Painters showed up and my door was painted and had to remain open all morning to dry (sigh, see above)
- Pest control (bless him) showed up in the middle of a read aloud to close up holes. This involved a drill. But, still, bless him.
- It rained basically all week. Sopping kids. Sopping socks. Sopping shoes. Freezing room.
- There is more. I won’t reveal the details but there were instances that involved pencils in the ceiling, smushed oranges in the hallway and a day of no substitutes for two teachers.
Yup, it was a week.
And then, this happened:
I read a week’s worth of books on grief, loss and the cycle of life and students loved them deeply. Voting for favourites involved discussions like this:
“I don’t know what the word is . . . that feeling when you didn’t cry and you feel so much and oh, it was just so good.”
“It’s sad. But it’s happy. Oh, wow, I loved that book.”
Our intermediate resource teacher taught kindergarten all day when no substitute was available. He found me at recess with an insistent plea: “I need some books!” I passed him a pile including Brian Won‘s Hooray for Hat and suggested he make hats with the kids.
He did one better. A hat parade arrived at our door in the afternoon and the K class performed the book and charmed my Grade 4 & 5s. 🙂
Hooray for Hat!
Math looked like this. Everywhere I turned.
I bought the third book in a series and passed it to the reader who had been waiting.
“You really are that Book Woman,” he told me.
I had to rush downstairs Friday p.m. to deal with a discipline issue. I returned later to find the pile of papers that had been scattered all over the carpet piled up and the white board erased. Oh, my lovely Emily!
Report cards are handed in. The heat is working again. I woke up to sunshine and to gratitude for the fact that teaching children means that the little moments they give us will outweigh everything else that might be going wrong. Always. Guaranteed.
What better thing to celebrate?
Thank you to Ruth Ayres and the #celebratelu community!
Being part of a community that regularly shares gratitude and celebrations truly transforms my weeks.