being me, end of year

Make Each Day Count

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The number of days I have left with my students.  That doesn’t subtract the days where I am not teaching because we are doing special events making the number even smaller.  It is the total number of days that I have left to make a difference.  Left to teach.  Left to help.

I used to do the countdown in my head, not because summer beckoned me, but because I felt a growing sense of dread.  Did I do enough to teach them?  Did I reach every child?  Did I actually teach them anything?  Was 5th grade worth it to my students?

Now, I do my silent count down as a reminder to make every moment count.  As a way to say that yes, summer may come and steal you away, but until then we are still together and we are still on a learning journey.  We still have things to explore.  We still have things to mess with.  Our brain still has mysteries to ponder.

So while I may know how few days we have left together, I will not cling to it for celebration, but rather to push our purpose.  To focus even more on the learning.  To grow even bigger together.  I will never be able to do all of the things I had hoped for but I will keep trying until the very end.

36 more days to go, make each one count.

I am a passionate (female) 5th grade teacher in Wisconsin, USA, proud techy geek, and mass consumer of incredible books. Creator of the Global Read Aloud Project, Co-founder of EdCamp MadWI, and believer in all children. I have no awards or accolades except for the lightbulbs that go off in my students’ heads every day.  First book “Passionate Learners – Giving Our Classroom Back to Our Students Starting Today” can be pre-bought now from Powerful Learning Press.   Follow me on Twitter @PernilleRipp.

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