Prompt Title: Surface Test
By: Kim Beck
This seemed like an easy enough place to start. And yet, I find myself unsatisfied? I threw away the product, but took a photo of the result as prompted.
So this school year I want to try something different. I bought the book "You Are An Artist," which contains a little over 50 assignments. My goal is to do one of the assignments each week for the next year and blog about it. It will also be a good practice in giving myself grace and not freaking out when I don't meet my expectations 100% of the time. Maybe you could even grab your own copy, or check one out from the library!
My goal is to post every Tuesday, which gives me the weekend to complete the assignment! Subject to change, obv.
I'm interested to look back on this and see if my perspective changes. I want to be gentle, but also realistic as I write this. As mentioned a few times previously, the 2021-2022 school year was my most challenging yet. Caseload numbers were higher, I was spread across quite a few grade levels, and I had one particular student with very challenging behaviors. I place zero blame on this student and their family. I cherish this student and have known them for years and LOVED teaching them. Their family members are absolutely incredible, gracious human beings. (I am using they/them pronouns for anonymity purposes.) Also, my principal treated me incredibly well and I place none of the blame on him. I think this year is primarily a reflection of systemic issues and some lack of support from a district level.
Comment on the teacher resignation trend: our society does not value teachers. If you say you value teachers/education, you'd better not be voting for people who make Betsy DeVos the Secretary of Education. Just saying. Great teachers keep leaving the field and if I continue to have experiences like this, I will too. I want to give it another shot in another district because I freaking love teaching small groups of kiddos how to read. And who wouldn't want to spend summers with that curly-haired cutie above?
In true only-grandkid fashion, E celebrated his birthday 4 times. We had a small party with the Weaver family in early March when Lily was home for grad school. Despite several amazing gifts, E seemed most taken by Grandma's homemade chex mix. He also enjoyed a small chocolate smash cake, mostly by licking off all the frosting. E also "smashed" a watermelon cake down in Florida at Oma's. Then we took some one year photos on his actual birthday and held a gathering of friends over the weekend. His birthday party was woodland themed and I am very glad that I won't have to throw another big birthday party for a few years... he'll be none the wiser. By about 4pm he was laying on the living room floor, all partied out.
March brought a shockingly successful trip down to my mom's house in Florida. E surprised us by doing very well on the flight down! He loved spending time in the pool (almost as much as I did) and loved taking in the new plants and sights in the yard. The beach was his favorite, playing in the sand and licking all of the salt water off of his toys. Sam and I had two great date nights, and enjoyed several trips to a local ice cream place. The flight home was definitely a rougher one, but E finally conked out for the last 45 minutes of the plane ride, after thoroughly crying himself to sleep. Nothing felt quite as good as loading all the luggage into the car and heading home.