Another week is coming to a close and thanks to Ruth's urging, I am linking up to "Celebrate This Week" and thinking about how amid the stress and strife, there really are things to celebrate!
- My mother has not been doing well. She's been struggling for every breath and often tired of the "fight" to live. Then, she tried the Prednisone her doctor suggested, and as is possible with the magic of pharmacology, her breathing eased and her talking increased. The women sitting in her chair last night, looked and sounded like "my mother." So, I celebrate Arthur Nobile and the Schering Corporation.
- One of my struggling beginning readers joined me on the journey to becoming a reader yesterday. He turned the page, confidently and began. "Mmmme..mmy..lllllll..little...dd..dog...llll.likes to s.s.s.sssleep with me. My little dog likes to ...get..e.e.eat with me...." I watched him point to each word (a first) without me urging (forcing) him to do so. I glanced at his mouth "getting ready" for each word by making the sound of the first letter. I looked at his confidence as he looked at pictures, read ahead, tried again and literally "wrestled" each and every word to the ground. Perhaps it was because he was dressed as Captain America, or perhaps it was just his "time" to put those strategies to work Whatever it was, I celebrate assessment-guided- differentiated instruction and a great B level story!
- Last but certainly not least is this: Yes indeed, teachers (but not parents) are celebrating that THIS Halloween was on a Friday. They MIGHT just come back down to earth by Monday.