Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Post-Conference High

Usually the end of parent-teacher conference days leave me feeling relieved that they are finally over. 

Today is different.

This year is different.

Parents are allies. I've joined them, invited them to join me, in being a daily part of the school experience. That is what is making the difference. It is hard work. It takes time, energy and persistence. But the payoff is amazing.

It's all about the connections. The connections made with the kids, with the parents, and with other teachers.

It's not about what happened last year. It's about this year and how to make it the best possible.

It's not about comparing with another teacher. It's about how to encourage each other, share ideas, and lift each other up.

Tonight I am thankful for all the teachers who have led me, collaborated with me and encouraged me. Tonight I am thankful for the parents who care about their child and work with me to educate their whole child. Tonight I am thankful for 23 first graders who know me very well and give me hugs. smiles and notes. Tonight I am thankful for a family that lets me be the teacher I want to be.

Tonight I am full of gratitude.

That is all.
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  1. Bravo Lady! I love this! What a great positive statement! I'm going to share this!

  2. Yes! Parents and teachers are on the same team! Or we should be! I find that any time I invest getting to know my families is well spent. The return on the investment is amazing.

  3. Wonderful! You have such a positive attitude and it is inspiring! Thank you for being a part of my team.

  4. Yay! Glad your conferences went so well. How are you connecting with parents, just curious? Sara


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