IT IS RAINING RIGHT NOW. This isn’t the biggest shocker unless you understand that I live in California and it is the 15th of May. We aren’t used to rain in the spring time. The 4th graders have a field trip tomorrow, and this Friday is our May Fiesta. We have never had to worry about rain during our end of year carnival. By the way if you are local, the food at the May Fiesta is INCREDIBLE and also, it is a pretty sweet, little block party - a low-key, homemade celebration of all the hard work of this school year. You should pick up some dinner.
I had the best afternoon with my reading class today. Toward the end of class, I had them practice giving their TED Talk to their small group. It was good to walk around the room and hear so many talks. Some students had a fully formed talk, and others only had a few sentences, but it was all really good. After they’d had some group practice we met as a whole class, and I let some of them volunteer to share their talk with the whole group. Best of all was the feedback that they gave to one another. “I like the examples you used, and that you had lots of numbers for your talk.” I have been teaching them to be specific with their feedback, and it was good to see that they had absorbed this information. “I wonder what your conclusion will be?” Asked one of the 5th graders. I loved the vocabulary that everyone was using. It felt really authentic, and I could see that they were really taking the concept of the talk seriously.
I felt pretty badly about sending my crosswalk buddy out in the rain today. We share this after school duty. I am Mondays and Tuesdays, and she is Thursdays and Fridays. We take turns every other Wednesday. So she got to stand out in the rain today while I managed five minutes of piece before the rush of after school work. I like the crosswalk job —- as long as my shoes aren’t evil. I don’t even mind the pouring rain because I know that I can get warm and dry after our fifteen minutes of work is over. I like seeing kids and their families, and making sure they get to the other side of the street safely. It is a bummer for anyone just cruising through the neighborhood because things move a little slowly some days. I promise you though, we are trying our very best.
My end of the year blogs seem to be as scattered as my brain. Every single day is filled with so many things! On top of the regular work of school, we are trying to move forward with so many changes. Budget cuts are causing us to reshape and rearrange. Things will be different again next year. Talking with my boss today, I said something along the lines of “We are moving forward and trying to find a path to greatness, but it is pretty painful too.” It was a comment meant to describe the complexity of our situation. We have had to say goodbye to people and jobs are shifting, and yet, we are on a path of redefinition as we pursue our themes of leadership. His response pretty much sums up why he is so good at his job. “Well, that is how greatness is always achieved. We can’t get there without some pain and struggle.” Right? Just like my sore muscles from the gym today, great things are achieved through work and often that work causes us discomfort, but it doesn’t mean that it is bad. It is just another part of the journey. We have yet to see where it takes us, but we are on our way.
Keep moving forward,