The Month of May in Review.

I told myself I was going to take time and write more, and here I am updating this for the first time in about a month.

Oops?

Despite the fact that my updating has been lackluster, you’ll be pleased to know that there are wonderful things you are about to read. Well, at least I think they’re pretty wonderful.

The end of May has come and gone. The mCLASS benchmarks are finished, EOGs are now complete, and we’re doing our best to tie up all our loose ends. I can’t believe how quickly this month passed. Time really does go by faster the closer you get to summer.

This is one of my favorite times of the year, though not for the reasons you may initially think. I admit that I look forward to a little break, especially at this point in the year, but my vacation isn’t what excites me. What really gets my heart rate high and my blood pumping fast through my veins is watching how much these kids grow in a year’s time.

I’ve seen so much growth from my kids this year — all 56 of them! They’ve grown academically, but what’s more is that they’ve also grown so much emotionally and socially. It’s amazing watching a child reading far below grade level get on target with where he should be reading (I haven’t heard of a child climbing nine reading levels until this year — how unreal). It’s equally amazing watching a child who experiences bullying issues overcome those issues and make peace with the child who instigated meanness within the classroom. Some students made turn arounds with the assistance of correct medicinal dosages, others made turn arounds on their own accord. Students came to me with minimal passions for reading, and now they’re leaving with hearts full of stories.

Third grade is truly magical. I’m sure I’ve said that before at some point in the course of this blog’s five year history, but really, it’s sheer magical bliss. You get these kids coming to you who are at the prime age of impression — they’re sponges. They still love their teacher and aren’t afraid to hug, yet they’re searching and yearning for independence in and out of the classroom. It’s a beautiful thing to watch students take ownership of their own learning, and I am humbled every day realizing that I get to be an active participant in these kids’ lives.

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