Just when I thought I was at my proverbial low, he tossed this note at me…
Posted by Tina/8th
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June 1, 2008
Just when I was at my proverbial low of the year…
Mostly because I am just plain tired and exhausted and need a break - and some because my first block is giving me end of the year fits (the other two blocks are plugging away at it the best they can) - a student that I had first half of the year comes into my room on the way to the busses... he tosses a piece of colored paper my way and says, "This is for you ...see ya..." (He is really shy; I am surprised he could pull this off.)
I started crying. It was all I needed to get through the year and then some.
For those of you who don't know, I have been busy challenging our school's definition of Honors student and was able to facilitate the move of 20 kids into Honors math and science classes for next year. They were almost all boys and then fell into two categories... one being hyper, fidgety and trouble focusing but ooohhhh so smart, and the category other being like the kid above. Most were in the first. There were three girls, two fell into the first category, the 3rd was new.
Thankfully, our new principal agreed with me and a few others about what we should be doing with middle school Honors classes.
You should have seen their faces when they got their schedules for next year today. They just couldn't believe that I did what I said I would do if they did what they were supposed to do to the best of their ability. They were running to the buses, screaming about how smart they were!