sometimes i like laying all my journal pages out and having a look-see. i have only 1 page left in this book. i've cut lots of watercolor paper down to the size of my pages – approx. 8.5 x 11 – and was thinking to add horizontal flaps with tape. until i have time to stitch up a new container for my sketches to live.
i still love my class. i don't think i have an annoying child in the bunch. they all just seem so good. i even have a secretary! a child who is a natural-born organizational savant. there is another desk next to my command headquarters. she asked if she could relocate there.
sure, why not?
she grades papers over recess and keeps everything tidy, keeps track of my glasses, and a dozen other things in the most charming, delightful way. another child is my work tray organizer. she separates all the work and keeps it labeled and clipped. extra cute & helpful 10 & 11 year olds. love them! today i reprimanded one of the boys for something that happened during lunch. i had him write me a letter and tell me about a different choice he can make next time. when he finished his letter his eyes were wet with tears. nearly all of the students are like this. they feel bad when they do bad! i attribute this to good parenting. classroom life is EASY. easier than it's ever been. if you're an inner-city classroom teacher you know how rare this is. even if i should move to another school in a month, i am always going to remember with great fondness my stint in chinatown in the winter of 2014. and the children who made it so special.