This is it. Final day of an incredible year and also the birthday of my oldest amazing daughter, Theadora. So as I stated yesterday, here are the final posts of the years that I wanted to highlight as I move on to a brand new year. So per tradition, here are the ones that came the straightest from the heart and weren’t always easy to publish. (In no particular order)
…I hope you stay you. That you continue to find the magic in small things. That you continue to be proud of what you accomplish and not because someone told you too, but because you believe that what you did was worth pride. I hope your skin gets tougher, that every perceived slight will not make scars, that you will figure out when something is worth your tears and when it is not. That you will find your place with friends, not toss your heart so overwhelmingly at every new person you meet, and yet don’t forget to keep putting it out there, giving everybody a chance.
…I am here to tell you to not give up on school, not that I think you would anyway. You see, we teachers, we say a lot of things, and we sometimes don’t know how our words are taken. I wish we always said the right thing or even did the right thing. But we are human too, and sometimes words come out of our mouths before we have thought them through. Maybe that teacher who told you not to read picture books just hasn’t found the right one yet? Or maybe that teacher doesn’t know you yet. Doesn’t know how great of a reader you are, how you love to read a variety of books. How you love handing books to your teachers to have them read them so that you can share your favorite moments. Maybe that teacher didn’t mean it the way it sounded.
…I have written a lot about all that being a connected educator has done for me. I have written a lot about how I would not trade it for anything and that I hope others will choose to become connected as well. I have written about how being a connected educator has enabled me to have connected students, which has radically changed the way I teach. And yet, I have not talked about the downfall of being connected much. Not like this, not in this way.
…Thea got off the bus today and asked if we could go back to school now. She had not even taken off her backpack, nor had she told me about her day. Not hello mom, not how are you, but can we go now? Please? When I told her we would have to wait until 5:30, when open house started, she got mad. “But I want to go now mom, I have to go see my teacher.”
And my eyes got watery and I had to swallow for a second so she couldn’t see how I felt.
…In the staff bathroom at my school something like this hung on the wall. I should have taken a picture but I was too caught up in it to think that far ahead. It kind of looked like this except a couple of strips had already been ripped off. So I followed the direction, ripped it off, and passed it on. Perhaps these should be plastered all over our schools
…It dawned on me today as I picked my heart up off the floor; I miss my 5th grade. I miss teaching so many different subjects. I miss the hugs. I miss the stories. I miss the parents randomly stopping by with a forgotten lunch or just because. I miss my old team, even though my new team is incredible. I miss knowing the kids in that way you know them when you have them all day. I miss snack time and read aloud. Our first grade buddies. The excitement that comes with being a 5th grader and being on the cusp of middle school, not knowing what to expect. And did I mention, I miss the hugs?
And here are the most viewed posts, some do overlap which is nice.
- So What’s My Problem With Public Behavior Charts?
- When Teachers Bully Teachers
- Put Your Name on the Board – A Tale of Why I Gave Up Classroom Discipline Systems
- I Hope I am Not Your Favorite Teacher
- So I Gave Up Punishment and My Students Still Behaved
I am a passionate teacher in Oregon, Wisconsin, USA, who has taught 4th, 5th, and 7th grade. 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 Classrooms Back to Our Students” can be purchased now from Powerful Learning Press. Second book“Empowered Schools, Empowered Students – Creating Connected and Invested Learners” is out now from Corwin Press. Follow me on Twitter @PernilleRipp.