I teach special education in third, fourth and fifth grade. I sometimes feel like the 3rd wheel on a team or my own “special” team having my own special needs. (Don’t we all! But we won’t go there today.) In this slice I wanted to share a few simple examples of how I’ve felt part of a team this school year.
I was distractedly walking down the hallway, when a fourth grade teacher walks up to me, grabs me gently by the upper arm and tells me excitedly, “Hey Partner, you need to come and see the fraction test results. I’m so proud and excited about how our kids performed and you should see how much they improved” She was grinning from ear to ear and I couldn’t help smiling. It was contagious. Humming the rest of the way to my destination, I thought to myself, she called me partner and she said our kids and they’re growing!
I received a text last night from a fifth grade teacher.
5th: We should do the global read aloud in 2018… it kicks off October 1st
Me: Yes!! I’m 1000% on board.
5th: 4th grade wants to do it too.
Me: Sounds fun and exciting to share a book with the world.
5th: Right?! I think it would be so powerful for our kids to see outside themselves.
This text exchange made my heart soar. We had talked about this last year, but weren’t organized enough to make it happen. Go Team.
IEP meeting last night. Student has improved significantly. Last words said at the meeting. “Good job team. Let’s keep the momentum going.” I felt like it was a mental way of putting our hands in the middle of the circle, the way they do before a volleyball or basketball game. “Goooooo Jaguars!” I actually wanted to do that, I felt giddy with the supported feeling of working together to help this student.
You know, there has been a lot of talk lately of teacher self care and avoiding burn out. I find these simple things keep me going, feeling inspired, cared for and happy.