Many of the memories that stand out turned into blog posts. One conversation with a very special girl. Mentoring conversations with new teachers. And a beautiful smile from a sweet child at exactly the right moment. And major writing success!
Our class was filled with talented, intelligent, energetic students this year. One student in particular, let’s call him Jake, was a very big joker and prided himself on being the class clown. So when he found out we would be giving out awards on the last day of school, he assumed he would be receiving the Class Clown award. We couldn’t resist, we had to pull his leg…
“And the Class Comic award goes to….” (Student started to stand up, expecting it to be him.) “Mrs. Stalter!” (My co-teacher began to bow and cheer.)
The student was shocked and appalled. The class booed. I let it go for a little bit and then….”Oh…wait….I made a mistake…It says Jake!” The class cheered! Jake came jogging up, arms raised, smile big. We got him!
Science…I spent a lot of time working on creating Science units based on NGSS, but then I didn’t get to finish. I saved the Forces/Motion for the end, because it had the most opportunities for students creating experiments. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to finish it. 😦
Standards Based Grading.
A lot of my energy was directed at classroom management and teaching social skills. Although teaching the whole child is always part of my day, a lot of our Social Studies time was spent teaching about bullying and empathy. It was necessary. Although the group has a long way to go, I think they are on the path to becoming kind, empathetic children.
At the beginning of the year, students created hopes and dreams for the year. By mid-year, most had accomplished their original hopes and dreams. I had planned on students reflecting and revising, but it never happened…
Next year I will have more patience. Focus more on using positive language. Continue to work on my math instruction.
This year was my most challenging and difficult year both professionally and personally. I was at my breaking point more times than I can count. Now that the year is over, I can say I made it and am stronger because of it. Now it is time to recharge, relax, read, spend time with my son, and take time for me. Summer…I’m here!