We are having a blizzard today and I used the quiet time this morning to give myself a bit of attitude adjustment. Actually, this attitude adjustment started on Friday when I really worked to shift my focus back to what I love best - helping my students. I watched my crew very carefully and really thought about what they need and how I could help them in the best way possible.
I have been worrying about some of my reluctant readers and so I asked for our Reading Recovery teachers to come in and watch me and model for me some ways to help these readers. (I need to remind myself that I feel like this about this time every year.) I felt so jazzed after these sessions with my support staff. I can't wait to go to work tomorrow and refocus my attention in new areas.
I have also spent some time this weekend browsing some of my favorite books (One Child at a Time by Pat Johnson and Catching Readers Before They Fall by Pat Johnson and Katie Keier) and favorite blogs (A Year of Reading, Reflect and Refine, Two Writing Teachers, To Make a Prairie and Our Camp-Read-A-Lot) and following the #dublit13 hashtag on Twitter. (This annual conference always makes me want to move to Ohio.) All of this has left me feeling uplifted and ready to move forward.
This morning I spent some time watching and listening to some ShowMes (created using the ShowMe app on the iPad) that my students have created in the last week or two. I can't even begin to explain how listening to them puts me in a better frame of mind. Seeing them share what they have learned makes me smile. I now have created two blog posts for my classroom blog for the upcoming week so I can shine the spotlight on these ShowMes for parents. I think I will cross-post these posts onto this blog later in the week also so I can share them with you, too. I am ready to begin sharing again.
This doesn't mean that I have a better handle on all of the "stuff" that I mentioned in my last post but now I am going to focus on adding it in piece by piece while still focusing on what matters most first - my students. I will work hard to keep everything from overwhelming me again. I