Day 8: Best Moment of Monday

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If you read my post from yesterday, you will know that Monday kicked my plans of the day to the curb. Recalculating was the word of my morning.

However, recalculating was not an option for the afternoon. Monday was the final dayย of a three year literacy PD journey. I have worked with the kindergarten through fourth grade teachers to develop balanced literacy practices in their building. This involves meeting with teachers, modeling in classrooms, and coaching the teachers. I have been in their building and classrooms at least twenty days each year.

So Monday was the day I would say good-bye to this group of teachers. Third grade came ready to work/learn. We had great conversations on getting the year started in writing, revisited reading notebook options, and what kinds of conversations we need to encourage in their daily instruction.

Suddenly the door opened and another teacher came in carrying a gift bag. All of a sudden the faces of the third grade teachers brightened with their ear-to-ear grins. What? As the teacher handed me the bag, she said, “This is a little something from us.”

I was at a loss for words. I stammered out a thank you. I opened the cards and each staff member had written a kind word of thanks. There was a little tin box nestled in the bottom of the bag, a gift card to a nice steak house. What a treat! But that wasn’t all . . . they included some cash too. The teacher explained, “You can spend it however you want.” Of course you know where that money will go, books!

The day had its bumps but the best moment was working with the teachers. Every teacher in this building took on the three year journey of learning and changing/developing their skill as teachers of literacy. I will miss my monthly trips to their school next year.

P.S. My mom is healing and doing fine. ๐Ÿ™‚


22 thoughts on “Day 8: Best Moment of Monday

  1. Such a wonderful happy post showing how your work changed the course of classrooms,teachers, and thus learning. ENjoy that dinner at a great steak house. PS I am happy your mom is doing better.

  2. Joyce says:

    So glad to hear the good news about your mom. I’m certain you will be looking forward to your book shopping trip and making more lists.

  3. lindabaie says:

    Happy to hear the news about your mom, Elsie. And you may have been surprised, but I’m not. You’ve made a difference in those teachers’ professional lives, and now they will share those gifts you gave to their students. Nothing nicer! Congratulations!

  4. Judy C. says:

    Another journey is coming to a close, not only for you, but for these teachers as well. But, they are all continuing this journey with their students. It was extra special that they recognized you for all your time, effort and knowledge. Here’s to a nice dinner out and lots of books.

  5. What a fantastic tribute to the work you’ve done with these teachers and their school! Coaching isn’t always easy, and it sounds like you did an amazing job with the most important part–building some strong relationships. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. That was definitely a moment to relive through writing! I am so glad you were honored for your hard work and dedication with their words of thanks just like you honored them and their journey with your words here. I can hear the pride in your voice. Looking forward to seeing what books you buy!

  7. “Every teacher in this building took on the three year journey of learning and changing/developing their skill as teachers of literacy.” What a powerful journey this must have been. I’m sure these teachers are sad to see you go, just as I’ve been sad to say goodbye after our visits at All Write. Meeting with teachers, modeling in classrooms, and coaching teachers for twenty days a year. That’s a powerful investment. You will be gone, but your influence will last forever with these teachers. Enjoy shopping for books!

  8. Elsie, what a wonderful way to end that day! The unexpected treasures are the best! It is obvious how the teachers felt about working with you. The details you include here make this scene spring to life for me. I felt your happiness and their happiness to be able to say thanks for all that you gave to them to hone their literacy practices and help their students. I think there will be book purchases in the near future!

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