There are so many nice things to celebrate this week. A sunny day with birds chirping outside helps tremendously, doesn't it?
First of all, I'm happy that I have this wonderful space in which to work. I am renewing my National Board Certification as well as working on a chapter of a book, and it's getting to be crunch time. However, I have a plan and I'm not stressing (which is way different from how I usually operate). Actually, I'm really liking the not stressing part. :)
It's nice to let go a little bit. I've discovered that life will not fall apart if I am not perfect.
I had time to cook a late lunch today so that we could all eat together before Annie went to work. Time to cook is probably something silly for some people, but not for me. I enjoy spending time in the kitchen. I tried a new recipe for Eggplant Parmesan today that was definitely a keeper.
This week at school has gone especially well. Although we've had to spend some time on test prep, we've also had large chunks of time to work on our research projects. This year, the intervention specialist and I have co-taught writing workshop, which has been a wonderful experience for all of us. Here's a picture of one of my kiddos proudly showing off the work he's done on Bill Gates. He's taken notes and is now doing his rough draft in Google docs. He's made so much progress this year and I'm very proud of him.
We had a few extra minutes at the end of the day yesterday, so I asked the kids what their high point of the week was. The majority of the kids said, "Research." Sarah, my teaching partner and I had to agree. Our room hummed with busyness as the kids worked on different aspects of their projects. Our goal is to build a website using Wonderopolis as our mentor. Everyone is in a different place, but that's ok. They were all engaged and on task. There's nothing more I could ask from them.
I hope this spring weather is giving all of you something to celebrate! Enjoy!