I have been quick to point out what we need to work on, flaws within our system. I have been quick to come down, to set expectations, to point out those things we need to get rid of, get better at, get on top of. I have not been quick to point out the great. Those moments where these kids blow me away with their answers. Those moments where they rally around each other, around me, around us, even though no one asked them to. Those moments have slipped by unnoticed.
So if you walk past my room, sure, we are productive. We are getting things done, but we are not a community just yet. Tomorrow, I will slow down, I will notice, I will point out the good. I will laugh a little more at our imperfections and remind my hurried mind that community was not built in a day, a week, or even a month. That community was built slowly so that it is strong when we need to stick together. I owe it those kids to start again.