Step: an act or movement of putting one leg in front of the other in walking or running. ~Definition courtesy of Dictionary.com
Each year when I choose a One Little Word to live by I find ways that the word weaves its way into my days. This year, however, more than ever, I think my one little word is a bit of perfection. We are in the midst of rebuilding our home, we are at the last stretch of the school year, and summer is on the horizon. This past week I struggled to step forward. I struggled to breathe and even think. As I made the feature image on our main page for this post, the purple hyacinth, I reminded myself to do these three things as I move forward. Step calmly, breathe deeply, think freely.
The school year was once again a learning year. As I look back at all the steps I have taken in this still new-to-me grade level I continue to find things I hope to do differently and things that have gone really well. My class this year has been fun to work with and watch. The last couple of weeks I have agonized over state testing while working diligently to make sure my students did not. I have proctored hours of tests and watched from afar as students did their best choosing a, b, c, or d, typed in answers, dragged, scrolled, and crafted beautiful paragraphs. I say beautiful even though a score may not reflect the beauty. I have watched my students grow in so many ways and unfortunately, as we slide around the corner to the end of the year they start to fall apart a bit. I have to continue to remind myself of all the steps they have taken. That slipping back does not mean they have lost their way but instead, means I need to hoist them up a bit more as we finish out these final weeks.
As you reach toward your final weeks, how is your OLW serving you? Are you noticing it creep into your day? Maybe some intentional looking will help you find it!