The first words out of my 12 year old today were, "I can taste spring break."
I know that he is as anxious as the rest of my family to relax and slow down. Slowing down has been the lesson I took away from a day of great reflection surrounding common core. Our fearless leader, Jill, always seems to help me discover something that I should be thinking about to improve my time with children. So, when she reminded a roomful of K-1 teachers to step back and listen to kids while embracing workshop, I heard her loud and clear.
I have been so busy worrying about getting what I think I "have" to get done that somedays I feel like I gently shoo off kids that would otherwise need to be heard. It is somedays hard to find a balance with 25 eager little eyes and ears who are dying to tell you about something, waiting for you to listen to their every word.
I have had to remind myself to remember to bring my students back with a song instead of yelling or clapping at them angrily. They are only 6 and do what 6 year olds do. I have high expectations but I need to remember to keep them reasonable.
I have had to remind myself to whisper gently to kids who need help listening or move them kindly towards me instead of calling them out. It keeps their dignity and keeps it calm.
I have to remember to keep digging deep with what my kids are learning in math, reading, writing and help them create thoughtfully and authentically instead of rushing through a set of skills.
I have to remember that I can get to all the things I think I "have" to do at home. There is always time. I just need to trust.
I am very much looking forward to the upcoming break. We are headed to stay with my brother in Florida where we can slow down, feel the warm air, read what we want to read, walk on the sand and just be. I will be eating it all up!