I'm participating in Big Time Literacy's "Sunday Letters." It's a fun way to add a little spice to my normally math-teachy posts. Plus, I just love reading Michelle's blog. Even though she's all about reading and I'm all about math, I still find inspiration in what she writes about teaching and coaching teachers. It just goes to show that teaching is not just about content!
Okay, back to the letters!
Dear New 6th Graders,
You made it! You have gotten through a tough start to middle school with lots of schedule changes, all the while being new to a big school. We've had a great start and you all seem so sweet and eager to learn. A few of you made me laugh this week, which I captured in a Tweet:
I'm looking forward to more learning and laughs this school year!
Dear FMS Math Teachers,
Thanks for being open to me being a math coach. I love hearing about your teaching goals for this year and I'm looking forward to supporting you in your teaching journey. I'm also looking forward to learning from you as I move my practice forward as well!
You are such a awesome kid! So flexible, you don't mind hanging at daycare while I teach. You never cry when I drop you off, but you are always excited to see me in the afternoon. Everyone says you are just the cutest (and I agree), but you are also so smart and sensitive. At 15 months you are already saying 15 words! When you hear a kiddo crying at Target or the doctor's office, you tear up and look at me-- I just know you have an empathetic heart, which I love!
Thanks for taking the time to meet with me this week about setting coaching goals. It was so nice to talk through some things and organize myself a bit. I love your suggestion for giving teachers "compliments" and "considerations" after you observe their class. I love the language and the structure. I'm also trying out Evernote for organizing my pictures and notes. Thanks for being a mentor to mentors! :)