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.
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.