one | I am taking a new class with Ali Edwards called Type. I am completely in love with learning all that Ali has to offer. She is feeding the wannabe-graphic-designer in me.
two | I started this 30-day writing challenge with my students...and they completely took it over! You might have noticed I started writing daily and then quickly petered off. This time, it was less a case of me getting distracted and more a case of me learning to step back when my students are ready to lead themselves. One student even shared the challenge with the friends at her old school and started a Google Community for both her new and old classmates to join together to complete the challenge. It got to the point where my participation was almost an interference. I am kind of in love with that.
three | This weekend Mark and I had dinner with a friend I have had since second grade and her family. There is something special about time spent with friends who make you feel like yourself, especially after a loooong week at school.
four | This week included the stressful meeting where job assignments and re-assignments were revealed for next school year. I am celebrating a new opportunity at work next year.
five | Wednesday night our school hosted a Family Reading Night. I was worried about low attendance. When I shared my concerns with Mark (who teaches social studies in the classroom directly beneath mine), he decided to grill hot dogs for all of the attendees. We teamed up with our principal and language arts leader to make a plan two days before the event. Mark ended up doing all of the shopping (I helped a little bit) and grilling to provide dinner for our school community. I love that he enjoys giving.
|Mark's Grill on Family Reading Night|
|Blackout Poetry for our Poetree from Family Reading Night|
|Some Book Spine Poetry from Family Reading Night|
six | Friday night Mark and I helped out with a school dance. Mark DJs all of our school dances for free. When he learned how much money the school was spending on a DJ for every dance, he purchased the equipment himself and pledged to volunteer his time and talents to DJ all school events for free. Mark's actions frequently remind me why he is worth celebrating, but this week provided an abundance of reminders!
seven | Saturday morning, Mark and I had the opportunity to volunteer at our local food pantry. It is always a rewarding experience that leaves me with a full heart and lots to celebrate.