Anyways, I'm committing to making this a relaxing, refreshing, and productive weekend! I started it off right with some napping in hopes of beating whatever the heck is wrong with me, some Downton Abbey, and a little online shopping...I have a problem...it's bad!!!! I guess I figure that if I'm not going out and spending money, it's okay to shop a little bit...right?? I just discovered Lands End Canvas via a pinterest pin. When I hear the words Lands End I think of hiking clothes and this ugly jacket I had from there in 4th grade, so I couldn't believe when I clicked on a pin of an adorable belted dress and was brought to Lands End Canvas! Super cute clothes, and amazing sales!
In other news, I need to share this adorable note from one of my neediest and challenging students. He wrote it to me last week after a couple of REALLY trying days together. I know these kind of things lose their novelty the longer you've been teaching, but I don't think I will ever get tired of this kind of note, especially from a student like this little guy:
Dear miss teacher. i am so sorry that i refused to do my work. And refused to ask for help or talk miss teacher you are the best teacher in the world and i act like a Jerk im so sorry miss teacher this will not happen again
Oh. my. goodness. In case you can't tell from the handwriting, spelling, and drawings, this letter is from one of my little LD/ED kiddos. He struggles with reading, writing, and motor skills in general. He has all sorts of emotional troubles, and we have had some particularly trying days lately. On a few different days, this little one basically decided he wasn't going to speak, answer my questions, or follow directions. (I swear, with my group this year, "I need you to use your words" is by far my most frequently used saying..) Doesn't this letter just break your heart, though? When I read the part where he said, "I act like a jerk," I almost cried. It is so important to be in contact with parents when kids are struggling at school (or when they're successful!), but it breaks my heart when I think about the things that might happen after I call home, especially in a high-needs, low-income school like mine. For example, I know this student's mother loves him, but I'm pretty sure he didn't come up with the phrase, "I act like a jerk" all on his own. This difficult student has become one of my favorite kiddos of all this year--funny how that works.
What are you most excited about this weekend? I'm excited to SLEEP and get healthy! Oh, and FINALLY get myself back on track with training. (I am NOT excited to work on grad school HW--just had my first class Tuesday to start working on my Reading masters and am already wondering what I was thinking...)