Well, it looks like it’s shaping up to be a another snow week. In honor of my kiddos who are probably playing in the ice and snow right now, here are my top three moments of the week:
3. They announced Tuesday morning that school would be closed Wednesday. We do Mad Minute for multiplication on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and as you master each set of multiplication tables, you move up to the next “club.” Upon hearing this announcement, the immediate reaction of one of my girls, accompanied by the pouty face she has perfected so well: “Oh, no Mad Minute tomorrow!”
2. We’ve been learning elapsed time for the past week or so. Third graders come in barely able to read a clock, so the concept of how much time has passed from one time to the next is a tricky one. One of my boys who has struggled with many different concepts this year grasped the idea on the first day I introduced it. Now, every day he zips through the questions (getting them all correct!) and rewards me with a proud thumbs-up and a smile brighter than sunshine when he finishes, and I can see his self-confidence growing.
1. Pretty much every interaction with a specific one of my students. He’s one that I really focused on connecting with at the beginning of the year because he’s a natural leader and the other students look up to him. When he acts up, everyone else follows suit. When he’s focused, well, it’s not perfect, but the room is that much better. Well, he’s really grown and matured a lot even in the last month. Lately, he’s been working so hard, taking notes like the best of them and really trying. Now he takes it upon himself to loudly “SHHHHHH” the class if they are talking while I’m speaking. Or when the line is crazy and I’m taking a deep breath before getting them out of control, he just looks at me and gives me that little half-smile of his, as though he knows exactly what is going through my mind. He knows someone cares about him, and I’d like to think that’s made a difference.
Off to go enjoy some coffee and news now. The best part about these snow days is the luxury of enjoying the morning!