…I will be their voice…

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Aug 15 2011

“We are going to play.” “Look, I can write!!”

That my quote my friends, I heard on the third day of school. It was amazing to see M, my youngest student, grasp scaffolded writing on the THIRD DAY OF SCHOOL! He didn’t actually write the words, but he wrote the lines that those words will eventually go on when he is ready to start writing. By the way, did I mention I LOVE MY NEW CURRICULUM! Oh, and my kiddos too!

All week we averaged around 12 kiddos, which isn’t a full class but eventually we will get there! We practiced routines, created class rules, brainstormed for our play centers, learned how to answer the mystery question, buddy read, and play the freeze game. I can’t even begin to explain how awesome my class is. They all get along really well (so far) and they are more than willing to jump into something new without even questioning us. I am so proud of them. ALREADY!

I seriously wish I could put into words what I feel for these kiddos, but I can’t. So for now, I will tell stories :-)

D, one of my brightest students, wrote the message of the day at the writing center today. He wrote W R G 2 P. on each line. That stands for “We are going to play.” And when I pointed at the┬áperiod and asked him what it was. He said, “It’s a period, it ends our thoughts.”

E, who didn’t speak at all in his 3 year old class last year, was talking like crazy on day 2. He also sat with D on day 5, and buddy read for ten whole minutes. I mean actually listened to D read and then switched roles and read to D. It was amazing for someone who had zero social skills when he first came in! He is also apparently OBSSESSED with Brand New Mustangs ;-)

D, who is one of our oldest, was drawing on the sidewalk with sidewalk chalk on day 5 and says to me, “Look Ms. H, I drew a talking footprint!” Sure enough, it was a giant footprint shape with a face in the middle, smiling big!

These are just a few and I know I will have more. I cannot express the happiness I feel each morning when those 12-14 kiddos walk in the door. They are so excited to be at school and I have so much to learn from them.

For the first time in my life, I feel like I have a real, REAL, reason to get out of bed in the morning, and I am SOOOO grateful!

2 Responses

  1. Pat

    love hearing about your excitement for a new school year!

  2. Amber

    This makes me smile! Thank you so much for sharing. Keep the good stuff coming! :)

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