“Mrs. Sherriff will be joining us for reading today.” The words hit my ears as I approached the room. I took comfort in knowing they were expecting me. I walked in and saw little bodies and big green book bags scattered all over the room. Kindergarteners were setting up for reading, readying themselves for the mini lesson.
“Today I’m going to teach you…” she began. I scanned the room in awe at how calm and focused the kids were. She continued, “I have Maggie’s book here. You can see she labeled, right here, that bear was sad.” All eyes were on the smartboard, looking at Maggie’s post it “sae”. The teacher went on, “So today, after private reading, when you meet with your partners, share your post it’s and see if you can stretch out and add more sounds. She went on to model stretching out ‘/s/ /a/ /d/ and then had Maggie help her model replacing the e with the correct sound a ‘d’. “I’m going to set the timer for 15 minutes. Jake, can you set the timer? When private reading is over, we’ll get with our partners.”
Watching this scene unfold, I had to remind myself that I was in the presence of a brand new teacher. A brand new teacher who, has asked questions. A brand new teacher who has collaborated with everyone and anyone. A brand new, brave teacher. Over the past few months, she has created a vision, and put in place structures and routines and relationships that have brought that vision to life.
Today, I had the gift of seeing the result of one teachers’ hard work two months into the year. Today, I am thankful I was there. Today, I celebrate her.
We celebrate the growth in children we should recognize and celebrate the growth in each other.