1. My Second graders rocked out their last presentation of their research. They had the option of researching Neil Armstrong, space travel, the moon (or traveling to the moon), or the planets. They had to tell me what they were researching and find facts that matched the pictures they printed or drew for their posters. I still had some that couldn't funnel down the information they found and they still gather information that they don't understand and don't know what to do with it. But the growth from their first research project until now is phenomenal! I was so proud of them. (One student just joined our group and this was her first presentation so she was very nervous.... everyone in the room closed their eyes and we held up her poster so she couldn't see the rest of the class and SHE MADE IT.... whew).
3. My little Punkin is in the community children's choir and I am really proud of her.
4. Homemade Christmas. I love the homemade parts of Christmas: making playdough for my nieces, making some little thing for "the fam", sewing for my girls or embroidering or crocheting, or, or, or.... I am wishing I had a little cash for some special Christmas gifts, but I am pleased with the whole concept of gifts from the heart. And I love the food. I finally just explained to my youngest that this is a large part of why we are so broke at Christmas, all the extra groceries for the food and goodies cost a lot of money. Love to make dipped pretzels, and almond bark candy, and cookies, and artichoke dip, and salsa, and the list goes on....
|I couldn't find a photo of a Christmas project, but a favorite activity of mine is to crochet with my little one.|
5. I do reading interventions with students in the afternoons and every one of them is shooting up on their progress monitoring. I was explaining this to my second graders yesterday. First of all, I had to brag on them and how great they are doing, and then I explained that if their scores were not going up, I would have to figure out a different way to teach them so they would be able to learn what they need to know. But between seeing the growth with my high groups (think about the 2nd grade group I just typed about), and the growth of my intervention kiddos, I am feeling the reward of choosing to teach. This is part I love.
|This is seriously what my intervention student's growth looks like when it's charted! :)|
What do you love most about teaching? And when do you feel it, see it, experience it? I really want to know.