I have two awesome Woo Hoo's to share today.
My class is holding steady at 16 little friends and I LOVE them. Even the little wanna be stinkers are, for the most part, toeing the line because they know I will hold them accountable. (It is AH-MAZING how the kids I have been told are "so naughty" tend to fall in line in my class because my expectations are the same from Day 1 to Day 180!)
One of my team members has a disability that makes it very difficult for her to use the stairs. So we all agreed to take one for the team (even if we really don't like it) and help with movement of her class up and down the stairs at various times of the day. She does her part and takes her less trustworthy friends with her on the elevator. It seems to be working pretty well most of the time. My biggest pet peeve, however, is students who aren't quiet in the hallway. Especially because we have been a PBIS school all 5 years I have been there and these friends all know the rules and expectations because they were at our school last year. My kiddos follow this class into the building and on Thursday, my patience just snapped. They came in with their hats on, their mouths open just being so loud and rude. I'd had it. I directed my class to stand between two of the cafe tables that hadn't been put up yet and I marched the other class right back outside to try it again. Not only did her class figure out we ALL are going to hold you accountable but my class stood in that line I directed them to for probably 3-4 minutes and didn't move a muscle! They just stood and waited for me. LOVE.
Then yesterday, my TA's practicum supervisor came to meet me briefly. Of course she happened to come right when school started. ;) Timing is everything, right? :) My kiddos went upstairs with the other classes and I chatted with the supervisor for just a couple of minutes--long enough to get her card and share a little bit of info. I got upstairs and my kiddos were perfectly lined up at our lockers waiting for me to tell them which group could go to their lockers (we have half lockers so some on top some on bottom and we have either the top or the bottom go and then switch so no one has to worry about being trampled by the top or bottom person they share space with). Mr. 4th Grade and I share that side of the hallway and he kept an eye on my kiddos for me and said they did awesome and literally just stood and waited for me.
Have I told you how much I LOVE them?! :) So they got two STAR tickets this week. This is a big deal because the whole class can earn a STAR and those go into a box in the office. On Thursday they are drawn and the class who wins gets to eat lunch at a special table. Our parent volunteers decorate the table and have fancy napkins and everything. It's something small but holy cow the kids are SO excited when they win :)
Also, I have had a ton of comments and emails lately from readers asking for my advice. Hello, flattery. I try my very best to answer all of the emails I get so please, if I don't email you back, it isn't intentional! I get so much mail that things can (and have) slipped by me. If you email me and I don't respond within a couple of days, please try again because it is so likely I am either a) drowning in grad work or b) missed the email entirely.
I did want to give a heart-felt thank you to all of the teachers out there who believe in me enough to ask for my advice. Especially if I'm struggling with some "behind the scenes" drama that just goes with teaching, it's so nice to know that the words I put out here into the blogosphere are affecting someone else in a positive way. I really appreciate your kind words and I hope the help I try to provide makes your teaching life a little easier.