Today I wore crazy hair (pigtails, or "curly bat tails" as my daughter calls them) because it is Spirit Week and I am an elementary school teacher and we do things like that.
Today I had a message from a parent before school started about a complicated situation that required me to speak with other professionals (in my curly bat tails) in order to figure out next steps.
Today I hugged former students who came to visit me and admired their crazy hair and hats.
Today I ate a delicious piece of zucchini bread my student teacher shared with me.
Today I read my class a chapter in Lulu and The Brontosaurus and we all sang her song: "I wanna, I wanna, I wanna get a bronto, bronto, bronto, brontosaurus for a pet!" as we walked down the hall to Art.
Today I tried to convince a student to start writing.
Today I taught subtraction on a number line to four rotations of students and tried to convince them to look at me instead of the blue chair, insisting I was more interesting and more attractive.
Today I channelled Vanilla Ice by using "STOP- Collaborate and Listen" as a call and response chant to get students attention.
Today I met with students reading at level M and helped them set up their notebooks to stop and jot at the end of every chapter.
Today I called a parent after school to talk about my homework policy ( I don't assign it) and give ideas for home practice for strengthening foundational math skills.
Today my ultra vulnerable blog post was shared on the CCIRA blog: https://ccira.blog/2019/09/24/teacher-lost-and-found/
Today my son came home with his new violin.
Today my daughter painted a box and tried to put small dixie cups on top to make a 3D bunny.
Today I thought I had no Slice to share until I thought about my day and all the stories hiding in each of these moments.
How was your day?
Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski