Saturday, March 15, 2014

Celebration 3/15

This is a fabulous idea from Ruth Ayres in which we write about something to celebrate each Saturday. I love participating in this link up each week and hearing about the awesome things happening in everyone's classrooms and lives.

The first thing to celebrate this week is this community.  I had a busy, disappointing week this week and without looking for things to celebrate it could have been a very difficult time.  I usually try to look for the positive in everything, but looking for things to celebrate makes it so much nicer.  

I am celebrating the fact that we were able to get some pain relief medicine for my dog.  She was walking on three legs earlier this week and crying every time she moved.  We were able to get in to the vet for an emergency visit.  The vet thinks that her knee is giving out and we will probably have to do a knee replacement surgery soon.  I am glad for the medicine, which makes it easier for her to move.

Parent-teacher conferences were this week. I am celebrating the relationships that I have been able to build with families over the years that I have taught at this school.  I was able to have some good conversations with parents who are concerned about the progress of their 8th grade children. I am confident that more of my students will be practicing skills at home in order to be closer to proficient by the end of this year.  I want them to be able to be successful in high school, so I am glad they will be putting in this extra effort.

I had my students do two things in order to update our displays in the hallway for conferences.  I was so excited at how creative my students were with these displays.  For one, I asked them to reflect back over the books they have read this year and to make some sort of visual display to put up on a board of our favorite books.  I was astonished at their creativity.  I LOVE it!  The other display was a reflection about their progress toward the 40-book challenge.  I understand that not all students will get to 40 books by the end of the year, but I do expect them to read multiple books.  I was proud of the fact that so many of them are in double digits at this point of the year.

What do you have to celebrate this week?  I would love to hear from you in the comments! 


  1. A "busy, disappointing week" oh a double whammy but you found so much here to celebrate. I love your students' reflections and the commitment your parents have to their kids. Eight grade can be a tough year for all concerned. Thanks for sharing your celebrations.

  2. I love the student work you have shared here. Just so impressive! I hope your dog continues to feel less pain with this new medication. Best for the week ahead.

  3. I understand how you feel - some weeks are more difficult to celebrate, but this community helps! The student work is beautiful - so creative!

  4. Sorry for those tough times, and for your poor hurting dog, Andrea. But-I love that your students created the boards, love seeing their creative book responses-just awesome. I can see there's a big reason to celebrate.