Thursday 3: June 14, 2018
The end of the school year is a crazy time, so I took a week off from blogging to focus on grading, report cards, and packing up my classroom. But I’m back! Here’s what I enjoyed this past week.
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Yesterday was our last day of school. My students cleaned their desks with shaving cream, which was super fun for them. They enjoyed making designs, playing tic tac toe, and writing their names and little messages for me.
After we stacked their desks and chairs on one side of the room, they laid out blankets and pillows from home and watched Coco and ate snacks. I hadn’t seen Coco yet and I just about bawled through the whole thing. It was such a touching movie. Next, we cleaned up, I read them a picture book called The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin, gave them all a hug, and walked them to the bus lines.
After the kids left, I worked on cleaning and packing my room. When I walked out at the end of the day, I got a little teary-eyed. I wasn’t just closing the door of my classroom, I was also closing a chapter of my life. It is a painful chapter, but it’s still a part of who I am. This was the toughest class I’ve ever taught. It was such a struggle to corral them at the beginning of the year. Many of my students were used to being in charge at home while their parents worked and didn’t like me telling them what to do. Sometimes it felt like it was my will against theirs and I didn’t know if I was strong enough to overcome their stubbornness. Meanwhile, I was grieving my mom and taking care of a baby who was getting sick from all the germs she was suddenly exposed to at daycare. I used all twelve of my sick days this school year, which is unprecedented for me. But in the end, I think I had a positive impact on most of my students. I know I didn’t do my best this year, but I gave all the energy I had to give them. For the most part, their standardized test scores improved and they narrowed their achievement gap. It may not have been my best effort, but it wasn’t my worst either.
Today, I had some time to myself and I actually watched a movie in a movie theatre! I went alone, which I have no qualms about doing (only child over here!). I saw Ocean’s 8, which was a fun show. I loved seeing all these women being such brainy badasses! It did lack a little tension, in my opinion. The movie could have used a few more curveballs thrown at the women so we could see how they think on their feet, but that didn’t seem to be the point of the film. It was all about smart women executing a meticulous plan with laser precision and looking damn good while doing it. One aspect of the movie that I appreciated was that there was no real thought given to men, kind of like an all-male heist movie in which no real thought is given to women. The women weren’t dressing for men, they weren’t pining for men, and they weren’t looking for men’s approval. They were doing everything for themselves, which is refreshing. (Minus the whole Debbie Ocean’s payback at an ex, but that didn’t drive the plot in any meaningful way.) Overall, an enjoyable way to spend two hours in the afternoon.
A few weekends ago, my husband took my daughter for a “hike” (meaning they walked half a mile in the forest looking at wildflowers) and I got to go to the library all by myself. You can see I had a hard time saying no to checking out any book. I can’t wait to read all summer long. Once a nerd, always a nerd.
Here are links to the books I picked up:
Tomorrow’s Friday and then it’s Father’s Day weekend! I hope you have a good one!