There are some days in my work, where I get to go into classrooms and model balanced literacy structures for the teachers I am working with. They are always so gracious to allow me to come in and completely disrupt their routine letting me model a structure or lesson for them. I LOVE the modeling part of my job!
Today I had that privilege in two different fourth-grade classrooms. I did an abbreviated reader’s workshop with the minilesson, a strategy group, and a share. The teachers had asked wme to show them how I would teach word study, so I added an element to address that, too. It was nothing remarkable, but the lessons did go off without a hitch. I connected with the kids, they understood what I wanted them to do, and they were successful doing it. The kids thought I was little crazy. (I do tend to get a bit excited when talking about books, reading, or anything literate.) There was some laughing.
I wrapped up the share and told the kids how much I enjoyed working with them today, and how I appreciated how hard they had worked. As I walked to the door, a little blond girl with ponytail and a Justice t-shirt approached me.
“Thank you, Mrs. Baker. Thank you for teaching us. It was great learning from you,” said little miss Justice. Her eyes were sincere. Her smile genuine.
I have thought about her all day.
I don’t need to be appreciated by society, administration, or parents. I have the appreciation of a student. That honor is more than enough.