Saturday, April 19, 2014

Celebrate this Week

I’m joining up with Ruth Ayres for her weekly link-up, Celebrate This Week. Check out all of the posts linked up at her blog HERE. Thanks for starting this, Ruth!

A Celebration in Pictures

This week has been filled with emotions - sadness over the loss of our dog, celebration in the classroom and at home. I thought the easiest way to sum it up, was with a mosaic. 

Row 1: We said good-bye to Bally last Saturday. She was our child before we had children. It was hard, but I was so touched by the outpouring of love online, in my classroom (these flowers are from a student), and in the mail. We sure miss her, but are beyond grateful we got to love her for almost 14 years.

Row 2: Excitement and joy throughout the week - letters from former students in anticipation of Teacher Appreciation week, author Jaleigh Johnson was kind enough to visit, and it was warm enough to go outside for an extra recess! 

Row 3: Researching in anticipation of our author visit, spine poetry, and hanging with family - perfection.

Row 4. We have a nine-year-old in the house! Liam's gifts from us all involved the word Nerf. Jaleigh Johnson, the author that visited our classroom, is also our neighbor. I wonder if she would have wanted to come in knowing how many more Nerf darts will be stuck in her bushes after this weekend. The second picture is Liam's gift - Luke wrapped the Nerf items to look like a vacuum. Hilarious. And finally, our nine-year-old. He's getting so big! Liam gave his presentation on Walter Payton this week. I couldn't help but remember the three-year-old who cried when he went to school. All. Day. Long. Who had the speech teacher hold him because he was afraid. Who didn't speak for the first year of pre-school. Time flies. 

And if you didn't see my post yesterday, I'm contemplating on writing a book on classroom management and the importance of relationships. I'm looking for feedback on what is the biggest struggle you see with classroom management. For me, one I think of is the outdated belief that a silent classroom is a well behaved classroom. How about you? Thanks for all of the comments and emails already. You all rock!