Who’s Teaching Who?

Good morning! 

Today at 2:50 begins my fall break. 

I will have six glorious days without students. The last one being a professional development day for me.  Five of those days there will be no learning, yet every day spent in the company of my students, I learn something. 

Who’s teaching who? 

This past two months I’ve learned how important it is to truly engage. How important it is to truly listen. How important it is to feel loved.

In our classroom we are learning to use The Toolbox Project, a social and emotional learning program, to talk about how to listen. With not just your ears, but your eyes and your heart as well. As I teach them these skills, I’ve learned how to use them. To really truly listen. 

I’ve learned that if you want someone to invest in you, and invest in your product, whatever that may be, you need to first invest in them. 

My kids write each day in a journal, and yesterday they wrote about the best thing about Mrs. Carnes. ❤(Thanks to Miss Mary, my para, as a gift to me for my birthday.) 

As I read their eleven journals, I was touched. Firstly by Miss Mary’s idea to have them do that, but secondly by their words.  They said things like they liked how I smile when I first see them.  They thought I was nice. They wish I could be their teacher forever. 

The funny thing is these eleven are truly my gift from heaven. They teach me as much as I teach them. About life. From a different perspective than I grew up seeing it. 

I so want this year to be great. Not just for me, but for them. I want them to read. I want them to experience things they may never experience. But most of all, I want them to feel loved. And valued. And smart.

I’m excited to head to Dallas and Waco with my husband for this fall break, but I have to admit, it will feel a bit odd not having my eleven swarming around me. They’ve wrapped themselves not only around my little finger, but around my heart as well. 

This fall break is my first time to ever actually have a vacation from the job where I work. I’m already thinking about bringing my Flat Mrs. Carnes with me on my trip to share my adventure with my students. 

Who”s teaching who? 😊❤

Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing as such we will incur a stricter judgment.                         James 3:1

Love and laughter,

Sandy

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