This past week has not been tremendous for me, but now that it’s over, I realize how trivial my complaints are. Sick dog, uncooperative classes and migraine flair-up. Which means no one is deathly ill, no one has been condemned to a horrible fate… nothing much to complain about. And I really do like my students this year. They are an interesting lot, with curiosity and enthusiasm. That’s what I’m looking for in a fifth grader, after all!
Take NA… She’s tall and outspoken. And loves to be the first in line and the helper. She’s an average student who enjoys participating. I wasn’t sure at first, but I’m really growing to like her.
JA… He is a good-looking kid with an easy smile. He’s also a planner. The kids earn “STARRbucks” for good behavior and can redeem them for computer time, happy phone call home, game time, candy, pencils, erasers, etc. He has yet to spend a one, and has them all in a “money clip” made from a large binder clip. He guards them with his life!
TB… He is an earnest young man who gets a furrowed brow when I have to remind him to behave. That all changes when he sits next to his best buddy. He is off-task, goofy, and gets an attitude. He is also smart and does well when he is away from said best buddy. They no longer sit next to each other, by the way.
BB… She’s a cute little spitfire and she knows it. She could talk the ear off an elephant, but tries very hard to stay in my good graces. She is a struggling reader, but so far seems to enjoy her reading time. I’m going to work to keep it that way.
And then there’s my boy L. He’s the one I requested to be in my class. He has my heart. When he finds something funny, he gets this amazing little smile and giggle going. It may save his life.