Saturday, March 22, 2014

Celebrating Spring!

Discover. Play. Build.
with Ruth Ayres!
22 of 31 at Two Writing Teachers!
What a week to celebrate! Although it was heavy with end-of-the-quarter exhaustion, this week was also sprinkled with so many sweet moments to savor!
  • Incredible culminating lessons (and such a thoughtful present!) from my graduate student observer! I'll miss our conversations, her enthusiasm, and her kindness with my students. (They all said she will be a good teacher!)
  • All my wonderful students... like D., who greeted me one afternoon by asking, "Are we going to do something fun today? Like we do every day?!" with a smile sweeter than any you'd ever imagine a teenage boy could wear...
  • ... and S., who shyly handed me a cold plastic container one morning: "Mi mamá hizo pozole y tostadas para Ud." 
  • Adorable thank-you notes from students for helping them participate in our school's multicultural event. I was astounded when A. delivered his note before school, and then these others appeared on my desk later that day: 
    Apparently my colleague must have suggested they make them... so cute!
  • Ravenous readers who scoured my shelves for Spring Break books! My ears never got tired of hearing eager voices call out "I need a new book for Spring Break!" Some students took home two or three books... are these really the kids who hated reading when they came into my classroom?
  • Superb student slicers who are taking risks, applying ideas from mini-lessons, and living writerly lives this month. They are just incredible!
  • A smartphone! (That's right, we still had flip phones until yesterday.) Husband says we've joined the 21st century... and because of Ting, we could do it without compromising our budgeting principles. 
  • SPRING BREAK and spring weather! (What more do I have to say?)


  1. What a way to get started on a break! Joy exudes from each event. What a difference a few months in your class has made for these students. I hope they have a great break reading great books. Enjoy your break and I hope that Nor'easter storm stays away from Ohio.

  2. Wow! So many things to celebrate! I'm honored to be included and touched by your (and your kids') kind words! I just love the thank you notes and snacks you received from your tender students. You certainly deserve them.

    I need to check out this "Ting" website today. My husband and I have yet to join the 21st century and still have our old-school basic phones. Smartphones on a budget? It sounds too good to be true. :)

  3. What a list of high moments! Amazing! My favorites: "Are we going to do something fun today? Like we do every day?! and the students asking for spring break books. Awesome!! Enjoy your spring break!!

  4. What great celebrations you have there Jennifer! Happy Spring break. You deserve this!

  5. Congrats on having students who adore you, an excellent graduate observer (who learned lots from you!), and on the new smart phone. Lots to celebrate.

  6. I am so glad your days leading to spring break were rewarding! Enjoy your break by relaxing and recharging!

  7. Can't wait to see your new smart phones! There is nothing so dear as a handwritten note, especially from a student. So glad you had a great week and can't wait to see you this week. :) Love, Mommy


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