Thursday, March 3, 2016

Slice of Life Day 3: Getting to know our Students

I am an academic support specialist for an elementary school. I work with all grade levels, and sometimes I forget to develop relationships with my students. I think this happens to me because I am busy, in and out of classrooms. It is not until January that I work with a steady group of students. Is this a bad thing? I hope not. I do make it a point every year to slow down a bit and foster relationships with those students I see consistently.  Today, for example a student I've been working with asked a question that I could not answer very honestly. So, I decided to spend some extra time with her to address the question. It seemed, she was being bullied, and she knew it.  Was it her cry for help? I don't know. But I took the time to speak to her and discuss the issue in depth. I know she felt better just by voicing her concerns. And, I was glad I took time to listen. The counselor will be involved in this matter.

We all have busy days and schedules to keep. Let's take a moment and listen to our students, even if it means staying after-school, or meeting during conference time. I know I will be doing this more.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Slice Challenge day 2

Quiet Time

It's late. As I sit down to write, I can hear the outside noises. A noisy car driving off, my cats bell and the clock ticking. I like and enjoy moments like this. But, I do miss the chaotic schedule we had. The time before our only daughter went off to college. I remember listening to advice from other mothers, they'd say...enjoy her now because children grow up too quickly.

It's ironic, I once longed for quiet time and now that I have it -I miss the busy mornings, and school games and track events. Life is like this. For now, I'll keep enjoying  my quietness.

It's late and, I can hear wind chimes out side, my cat's bell jingling as she moves around the house and the clock ticking.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

My one little word (olw), is Habit. I've never focused or chosen a word for the year. When I read a posting on it, I was immediately motivated to have my OLW.  I think this will help keep me focused through the year.  I chose habit because, I tend to have trouble getting started and keeping certain projects going, writing, eating healthy, etc. Habit is my word! What is yours?