I love January.
Most people think of January as the beginning of the year, the time of year for resolutions and self-improvement. But as a teacher, it is pretty much the midpoint.
I spend the first half of the year filling them up with information, procedures and expectations. Some kids can keep up with the quick pace from the start. Some kids can’t.
But then I send them home for winter break and it finally all sinks in.
My students are finally mine.
Every year in January I’m surprised how much my class comes together. I’m surprised how much we’ve become a real community. We’ve finally learned how to work well together, how to get our work finished and what behavior works and what doesn’t.
By this time of the year, I always feel connected to my students and I am proud of their accomplishments. It’s so nice to see them become more independent learners and to really start to take charge of their learning.
It’s my hope that one day, I will finally remember that my class really becomes mine, in January.
Today’s yoga brought to you by Madeleine at It’s All Yoga, Sacramento. <ROCKS>
Today’s music is Here We Stand by The Fratellis.