I finally have just 6 more school days left to my school year/summer school! I admit (though I'm not proud of it) I am running mostly on "survival mode" at this point - between dealing with some severe behavior issues @ school, attempting to prepare as much as possible for next year while still teaching this one, and then a worrisome/sad ongoing/impending crisis in my family...I am exhausted, stressed, and ready to be done! I have not felt like a very good teacher recently.
...But isn't it wonderful when encouragement comes just when you need it the most? This week, a sweet parent of one of my students put her usual note in her son's backpack, detailing how his night had been, seizures he'd had, and the medication he'd gotten (so helpful to know!!). And at the end of the note she added:
"J---- is always so excited to go to school. He can't wait for the bus to get here in the morning!"
It was something so simple, but unexpected, and certainly not necessary...but it made all the difference in my day! Such an encouragement!
At school, we are trucking along in our Olympics unit. I think I mentioned before my class has been put in charge of planning our whole-school mock Olympic Games, slated for the last day of summer school. We have had the kids vote on which activities they want to plan for the rest of the school (an obstacle course aka "steeplechase," a softball throw aka "shot put," a bowling tournament, and more). We have planned an Opening Ceremonies parade and a Closing Ceremonies award ceremony complete with a dance, with our principal MCing. We had each classroom draw out of a hat which Olympic country they will represent and are encouraging classrooms to create flags and other fun things to represent "their" country.
Since we are planning and organizing everything, we decided our classroom could skip drawing a name out of a hat, and felt we could take the liberty of assigning ourselves Team USA! We have had fun keeping track of how many medals our team has earned (in the actual Olympics) so far!
Also, thank you to those of you who have given me blogging awards - most recently, Alicia @ Chalk Talk Speech Therapy and Christy @ Mrs. Christy's Leaping Loopers. You are encouraging, as well! I feel bad that I have not reciprocated by passing awards along - see the "survival mode" thing as to why - I'm feeling pretty good if I can manage to read all the blogs I follow and even comment on a couple lately - but know that you are appreciated quite a lot!!