My classroom is not a quiet, orderly place.
Students are constantly moving, thinking, talking, reading and writing.
I do my best to help my students find success.

March 7, 2013

Embracing their differences SOLC #7

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I've been doing a lot of observing this week.

We're in a testing routine which places me in a classroom environment, not my usual resource settings.

When you're walking around the room, there's lots of time to think and notice.

I've noticed all the different cultures present at our school.

I've noticed the perfectionists, the lost lambs and the determined.

I've noticed the students who gain confidence and those students who suddenly lose confidence.

I've heard the sighs, the gasps, the breathy "yes" cheer, and the "oh no"s.

I've heard the wiggling, the tapping, the papers falling to the floor.

I understand that it takes a variety of students to make a classroom, and a variety of classrooms to make a school.

I'm thankful for the great amount of read aloud time I'm getting in a fourth grade classroom.  So many ideas from many children of different home lives, income levels, learning styles and personalities.

We are different.  
We are here at school for a shared purpose.  
We all aren't in the same place in our learning, but 
we're all in this together.


  1. Your post really resonated with me. We have a very multicultural school and it is lovely to see children embracing the differences.
    We are all in this together!

  2. This testing week has me noticing too. It does take all kinds. That's a great reminder. We are all in this together.

  3. We are in the middle of testing season too. I did third graders last week, and noticed many of the things you are seeing-- the wigglers, the kids who persevere, the kids who get discouraged, etc. I will do seventh grade for the next two weeks. Trying to get psyched up for the big "adventure!"