Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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It's that time of the school year.

I'm looking forward to spring break.  It's been a long, long winter.  A week away from the daily school routine to be at home with my girls and a long visit with my parents.

But this is the time of year when I also start to worry.  After spring break, there are only two months left of school.  

I start thinking about all that I still want to do this school year.  I wonder if I helped get the right books in the right hands.  I question whether my students will keep reading.  I think about what conversations I still want to have with them.  

I worry if I have done enough.  Yet, there is good news --

There is so much that we can celebrate.  And I still have two more months of school left to do what I want and need to do.  

11 comments:

  1. Great positive thinking. Push those nagging "what if" thoughts to the back of your mind. Looking forward to our visit (praying for no snow and warmer temps). Love ya, Mom

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  2. At the beginning of the year, we think there's lots of time, but in a blink it's gone. We wonder where did the year go? I know you've been filling the minds of your students will lots of great strategies. Enjoy your break and finish strong!

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  3. Stay focused on Spring Break, Michelle - you've earned it !

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  4. Spring break helps, but in my work with teachers, we all realize how few weeks are left, and now with conferences coming, time to make those final goals. I hope your break will give a much needed R & R, Michelle!

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  5. My spring break has been this week and it has been a nice reprieve. I think great teachers always have that "worry" about not getting everything done. I hope these next few days go by quickly for you and you enjoy your break with your girls and your parents.

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  6. Spring break comes at the perfect time. It is the refueling before the final push. It is when I can sit on the couch with my boys while they play video games and I chart out the rest of the year. It is when I say, "enough" and we all go the beach to walk or run and look for sand dollars. It is when I look at which students have "grown" this year, and who is yet to jump on board. And then I try to decide of those kids who I can truly help by the end of the year- it is always sad to know there are a few that no matter what I do, they will continue to struggle and avoid the hard work on their end. There is not much more I can do for them. And that is when I go back outdoors with my boys and try and enjoy the sunshine.

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  7. Ack! Don't underestimate your superpowers when it comes to books and readers. You rule! I can't wait to see the great zooming growth in April and May! :)

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  8. Show me a teacher who doesn't panic for a moment two months before the end of a school year. Maybe these teachers exist but I have not seen any. I like your final two sentences. Positive.

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  9. You do start worrying at this time of year . . . but the outcome is always the same . . . you got books in the right hands . . .and I am quite sure you go above and beyond what you "can" do! Stop worrying and go and enjoy the time with your parents and the girls! ;-)

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  10. So glad to hear I am not the only one. I have a second grade group that I worry and worry and owrr about…

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  11. I understand.
    I get sad about saying goodbye too.

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts.