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 9, 2015

Reignited SOLC #9

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In our district it's been a year of BIG changes for everyone.  Everything in the district was adjusted, from the curriculum approach to the schedule.  The biggest change for me was my switch into first grade.  I was a reading intervention teacher for thirteen years until program changes brought me to the door of Room 107.

It's been a year of learning, roller coaster emotions and me wanting to use all the best practices I've learned over the years all the time in my classroom.  Let me tell you from experience, it's not best practice to try everything.

Today I attended a grade-level symposium at my school district.  I realized what I've been missing this year.  Today I had the opportunity to learn and teach and share resources with my teammates, my grade level colleagues and the instructional coaches.

YES!  I love to talk and collaborate and share!

I've tried to be helpful to my teammates, but I've really had to lean on them (they are the best team!) and I feel like I've emotionally drained my resource pals, Michelle and Karen.  I'm not used to getting help.  I prefer to help others find resources and solutions.  I have been very, very needy this year.  It's not a feeling I like.

Today reminded me what I am really passionate about.  Today I was helpful to others.

  • I love to match kids and teachers with books.
  • I love to teach teachers about Twitter and how to find resources and who to follow.
  • I love to share resources (websites, mentor texts, who's who in reading & writing).
  • I love to think big and out of the box and far-reaching and short-term (and in a circular fashion!) (my blog does have "chaos in the title!").
Tomorrow I return to my classroom with a lighter heart.  I have so much to share with my students about my learning with other teachers.  I want to know what they discovered about the books I left with the guest teacher.  

I guess I just needed a day to really share and smile and feel confident.
I needed my learning fire
reignited.

6 comments:

  1. Reset. Reflect. Reignited. Ready to go! Love that you took time to reflect on your day of learning. This is a big piece we have all been missing this year. I'm glad to hear that you had some positives from the day!

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  2. Wow - I'm a little envious of your fire! That's totally awesome, especially at this time when getting through the last four months can seem impossible. You make an interesting point about needing to be needed - you were able to share your expertise with other adults. In a new position, with a classroom full of first graders, I can see you wouldn't have much opportunity to share the you that you were for 13 years. Glad to hear you had a great PD day.

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  3. Wow - I'm a little envious of your fire! That's totally awesome, especially at this time when getting through the last four months can seem impossible. You make an interesting point about needing to be needed - you were able to share your expertise with other adults. In a new position, with a classroom full of first graders, I can see you wouldn't have much opportunity to share the you that you were for 13 years. Glad to hear you had a great PD day.

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  4. Your slice has ignited ME! It is so good to hear your literacy leader voice in your slice! I'm glad you had a great day!!

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  5. Love your last line Chris . . .your learning fire was ignited! I could feel your excitement and it made me smile. You have so so much to give and you are doing a great job, because you never give up or stop trying! Xoxoxo

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  6. Sometimes all it takes is to turn things around - helping instead of being helped. I know this has been a difficult year, but you are a survivor and are doing your best to help students and teachers. Keep that fire ignited and glowing.

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