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Saturday, June 7, 2014

#celebratelu2014 Finding Joy in My Happy Place







It's June and I guess my husband it right: it's a tough month for teachers. This wrapping up and packing up and preparing for next year while making every moment count....it's a busy and stressful time of year. So this celebration, like my writing this week, will be brief while I celebrate and remember this small moment. One of my colleagues walked by yesterday as I was doing what I do every day, sitting with kids, sharing books. I'm sure I was glowing with pride as I listened to this shining star proudly read.  As I glanced up, my colleague said softly, "I love to walk by this room.  It's such a happy place."  The student, oblivious to the visitor, kept on reading, engrossed in the tale of some dog named Maisey.  The colleague offered to snap a photo (it's APPR binder season). As I looked at the photo later, I realized I could not share the magic of a six year old who had discovered the magic of reading without showing her smiling face; however, I could share that my colleague had captured my "happy place." As I glance at this photo, I am celebrating:

  • Possibilities for learning even when there are obstacles along the way
  • Progress made possible with assessment-guided, differentiated instruction
  • Professional reflection (even if I am not fond of paper filled binders)
  • Passion for teaching that has not grown old
  • Pillows (rescues from an abandoned sofa) that provide a platform for grounded learning
  • Phones that capture moments in time
  • Pride that I can still get down (and up) to meet my students wherever they are!  
Thanks Ruth for reminding me to stop, celebrate, and remember these wonderful small moments. 

3 comments:

Michelle Haseltine said...

What a great picture!! You are certainly in your happy place. You look engrossed in what's going on and I bet your students know that! Congrats to you for creating such a joy-filled and safe place for your students and for yourself!

LInda Baie said...

Love the picture, Anita, & that 'pillow for grounded learning'-too funny! Happy June!

Terje said...

"Happy Place" - love the phrase - the environment, the time, the reader and the teacher meeting the reader where the reader is physically and developmentally. I am glad that you have a photo to keep.