Last Friday we had a tea as the whole school—workers, staff, and students, to celebrate and thank our workers. We also wanted to honor the retirement of a long-time kitchen worker. Lots of the kids formed long lines going around and shaking all the worker’s hands, and the oldest kids helped serve.
For the first two weeks of school we had a couple visiting who were a huge blessing; Josh took a week of special assemblies and spoke on Sunday evenings, and Keri who has training in special education and support needs was able to give lots of practical suggestions and advice and gave us some tools to help our students in areas where we are weak. She spend time in our classrooms, took kids out individually, and was a huge encouragement. There are still many things that need work, but I feel more equipped to finish this year now.
One thing I’m working on with my kids, is having a growth mindset. The first week of school they each colored 2 pieces of this poster, and then a couple of them helped me with the final assembly. They did a great job, and it was a handy object lessons for accomplishing big things.
On that note, I’m doing the Do Hard Things conferences/book with the seniors for Sunday school, and am praying that it resonates in their hearts. The first session went well, and I’ll be doing the next one in a few weeks. One hard thing that I’m working on in my classroom right now, is trying to replace a negative habit of calling others out and laughing at them with more positive things. It’s going to take a while to unlearn something they have been doing for years, but I want my classroom to be a safe learning space, where my students learn to respect and value all kinds of people. It’s not all the three R’s in the classroom…
Parting shot: I've seen more flat spiders in my house this term than I have in a long time. I rather like them as long as they stay on the wall and flat. It's when they're on the floor (and almost impossible to see) or rising up to scuttle faster that they creep me out a bit!