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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Delight


Today my students had their dress rehearsal for their "Too Much Noise" singing performance. It was so sweet to watch them sing, stand together and smile so big. I look forward to seeing their performance tonight which will undoubtedly be even better.
My daughter is also in first grade this year, along with my first graders, and I was lucky enough to see her perform as well. It is amazing how children grow up so fast and watching her up there was a delight. She is such a little leader and did all her hand motions correctly. It isn't about perfection but it reminds me how independent she has become.
When all was "sung" and done we made our way back to the classroom for dismissal. I watched them all quickly get their things organized and ready. We filed out and I put them on their buses. I have had the privilege of watching them grow over the past year and a half and their independence amazes me as well.
As much as I have loved working with first graders this year I was reminded that in a few short six months I will start all over again with kindergartners. It will be such a shift but again a wonderful opportunity to watch a group grow, change and become little independent people.
Feeling lucky.

9 comments:

  1. I feel this way about my sixth graders, too - they all grow so much in the space of a year, don't they?!

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  2. What a growth spurt you've gotten to be a part of by looping! I love reflecting on the change in the kids, even if it is just one year. They change so much every year. Have a great program!

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  3. I'm sure after two years it's hard to let go, but what a great opportunity for a fresh beginning, too!

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  4. Your Slice has me smiling, remembering my drama kids. How wonderful the transformation from rehearsal to performance!

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  5. I love this time of year. Everything feels like it's finally coming together - performances and celebrations, publishing and culminating projects. The end is in sight, but there's still plenty of time to get there!

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  6. It was such a sweet performance this afternoon, I can only imagine how much better it was this evening with all the parents filling the room. The kids were so proud of themselves...and I was proud of all those little faces who were smiling so brightly.

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  7. Your post reminds me of when I taught first and second grade multiage. I miss having that extra time to get to know the students. It seems that by the time I discover what makes each kid tick and make a good connection they are leaving. I also miss the other adult in the room. My partner and I had some good times teaching together. Now, I just have to chuckle to myself when the kids say or do something funny!
    Props to you for looping though and taking on the challenge of two curriculums!

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  8. What a wonderful outlook you have. It's great to be reminded of how far our students come. We don't always pause to realize all the growth that happens...even if it is slow growth, they are changing and evolving!

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  9. I felt a pang of sadness in this slice. It'll be great to have a new bunch of kiddos, but letting your looping class go must be so challenging. What a strong foundation they've had with you!

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