Thursday, March 20, 2014

solsc: make it right 20/31



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Yesterday was a tough day for two of my students.  I'm not sure what to blame.  Perhaps the leftover full moon.  Or the two days of no outside recess breaks.  Or the constant struggles they are fighting at home that they have no control over. Or the thought of spring break and how much our kids worry about not being in school.  

I walked out of school deflated, reflecting on what I could have done differently.  

Today will be a better day for two of my students.  There is no one or nothing to blame.  I will check in with both of them in the morning.  And provide them with words of encouragement.  And have a little more patience and understanding.  And remind them how much I care about them and their success at school.

I will walk out of school knowing that I did everything I could to make their day right.




13 comments:

  1. Ugh. I hate those bad days. But, you have the right attitude. Get to them early, check in, and start today with positiveness. Hope it's better for all of you!

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  2. Some days are so hard. And then you have to bring new grace and hope and joy to the next one. Think you are right to be proactive with these little ones! Hope today goes well!

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  3. So much is beyond their (and yours) control and yet they feel all the pressure. Keep positive in knowing that you are doing what you can while they are in the school environment. Encourage and let them know that you care. Love ya, Mom

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  4. I always say that the sunrise gives a chance to start over. It is so hard when they know a break is coming. Good luck the with the remaining time - it will be here soon!

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  5. How lucky are they that they have someone that cares so much!

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  6. Tomorrow is another day. Maybe without the downs we wouldn't appreciate the ups. I hope that as you give encouragement to these boys, someone will come and encourage you. I wish I could come. Here's a virtual hug. I like how in your writing the thin defeated font was replaced with bold promise in the end.

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    1. I got the hug, Terje. Thank you friend!

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  7. It's a good move, start with a clean slate, & it's hopeful to model that for them. Good for you Michelle!

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  8. I love this post and how much it conveys your love for your kids. The line about kids worrying about not being in school for spring break really made me stop and think. How sad to think about those whose home lives are so tough that it's hard to look forward to a break. I'm glad they get to come to see you 5 days of the week and know that they are truly loved and cared for! I love the last line of your post and the determination in it.

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  9. Tomorrow is always another day - for you and for them.

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  10. Thanks for sharing this honest reflection on your day . . . I hate when those days happen on a Friday. But I appreciate your vulnerability in sharing. I think March is an especially raw month for that due to having escalating expectations as you tire of reminding people of the class guidelines and character traits you have been reviewing since August or September. ::sigh:: It helps to realize for me that March is not always the easiest month--instead of blaming myself when students make bad choices even though we've been together for several months. Here's to better days . . . like Lily's Purple Plastic Purse--which still brings tears to my eyes. Cheers!

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  11. I love the honesty of this raw reflection. There are those days....sometimes...it's not always March...but those days when you just can't reach some kids. I LOVE YOUR HOPE and optimism....tomorrow...we'll try again.

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  12. Some days that is all we can do, do everything we can to make their day right. Sometimes it is enough. Sometimes it is not.

    Cathy

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts.