My last day of the 2017-18 school year was last Friday on June 8. We had a nice last day together wrapping up with little celebrations, cleaning out our lockers, final yearbook signings, and an informal classroom award ceremony. Since last Friday I have been finishing all the final paperwork and filing for all my students. I’ve been re-organizing and ended up emptying every cupboard in my classroom. It was a much-needed task, and I was able to re-see every item in the room. This allowed me to make better decisions about placement now that I’ve lived in third-grade for three years. As I cleaned, re-positioned, wiped out containers and sat in what I would call, overwhelmed thought mode, I occasionally took a break to read some little notes from my students.
A while back Kathleen gave some suggestions in a post from our May Blog Series. Her post, Making the Most of May and June, inspired me to start some classroom journals for students to write little notes for classmates and our community. Their little notes definitely perked me up when I started to feel like I never wanted to see another misplaced pattern block or crushed crayon that had somehow found its way behind a shelf. Here are some of my favorite little notes from our community notebooks:
These little notes centered me a bit when I needed a reminder to keep going. It was also nice to realize I’d have these little notes to save for next year and could continue the notebooks with a new class. Maybe these little notes would inspire a new crew of eight-year-olds when August arrives. I’m hoping to take more notes, send more notes, and cherish in the task of note-taking through the summer months. Some OLW’s hold more meaning than others. Each word always takes on what it will but claiming a word doesn’t make it meaningful. Living it, however, does. For my birthday, some of my greatest friends got me some little gifts that were gentle reminders of my word, one on purpose and one completely accidental. Still, reminders that my word is noticing me, so I better notice it more and try to recognize the importance it can hold as I reflect, cherish, and note my experiences.
How’s your OLW going this year?
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