Middle School Lessons

There are those days when, driving home from work, I’m not really sure if it was a successful day or not. I didn’t really check anything off my to-do list; I actually laughed when my students were goofing around; I had to ring the bell more than once, several times in a row, to get students’ attention; I think I threatened consequences more than I followed through; and I didn’t check my work e-mail until right before leaving.  So, what am I going to do?

I think I’m finally figuring out that it’s better:

To laugh with my students than to yell at them.

To walk among my students and see their efforts than to sit at my desk and see mine.

To have them instruct each other than to remind them to listen to me.

To look at faces when answering questions than counting down the minutes till the class ends.

To follow through once than to threaten twice.

To spend five minutes talking story than to spend fifty with disconnected eighth graders.

To give challenge to the challenging than to give labels to the misunderstood.

To embrace the victory than to dwell on the defeat.

To run my fingers through my hair and find a piece of tape that says, “We love you,” than to have every hair in place.



About wordvessel

Aloha! Thank you for visiting the Weeklythoughtexhange. I hope you enjoy this healthy exchange of ideas and thoughts. I am a middle school language arts teacher and relish active discussion, frequent reading, writing for leisure and growth, and immersion in new ideas and thoughts. Some of my favorite pastimes include being outdoors with family, friends and pets, traveling the world and country, and embarking on new adventures wherever they happen to find me - in my own backyard or on the other side of the Pacific Ocean.
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