Thursday, July 30, 2009

Hugs

I don't think anyone would argue that teachers don't get as much credit for the work they do as they should... but at the same time, I don't think teachers always think they deserve more credit than they get. We work with a tough population and test scores never really reflect the honest truth at how well our kids are actually doing. Well, our cluster Superintendent just gave us a welcome-back-pep-talk and spoke about this specifically. How we gained over 150 kids last year, how we believe in every single little being that walks through our doors, how we don't have that achievement gap that everyone else is struggling with. She heaped such wonderful praise on us and even called us a "model" and a "miracle school." I'm not going to lie, I teared up a bit. It felt pretty nice.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Shiny and New

Today is the first day back... a week of training and setting up our rooms and visions of shiny and new school supplies dancing in our heads. My room smells like fresh floor wax, there is no offending odor eminating from the bathroom, the items in my room are clean and free of stray pencil marks, the floor has not one piece of trash, I am not concerned with 5 year old mucus covering much of the furniture... ah, bliss.