Saturday, September 27, 2014

Celebrate This Week - Twenty-seven Days

Twenty-seven days.

Relationships have begun.
Learning who we will share our year with.
Likes, dislikes.
Fears, dreams.

So. Much. Assessment.
Recorded and administered.
Conferring notes poured over.

Twenty-seven days
Doesn’t seem like that much.
Until you look back,
And realize how far you have come.

My mind reaches back,
Thinking of those students
Who have just moved on.
Comparing, worrying.

Looking over the writing
For this new group of seventy-five,
Soon to be seventy-six.
And my heartbeat speeds up.

Run-on sentences,
Capitalization and spelling errors.
Confusion on a narrative versus an essay.
Mini-lessons failing to be applied.

And then,
You breathe.
This is where we are.
We’ve already come so far.
It just takes time.
After all, it has only been,
Twenty-seven days.

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!