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Jan 29 2012

“Thank you for believing in me”

I found out right after school on Friday that the 6th grade long term sub is over the behaviors and doesn’t want her own class anymore. She’s been a very loyal sub, I was nervous for this day to come. However, when she spoke with my principal, I guess there was a conversation held that she is willing to co-teach in my room with me. If this actually happens, I think it could be very effective. But regardless, a change is happening again. My kids can’t go more than 2 months without a change. The 28/29 are for real mine now. Don’t know how to take it.

In the midst of all this there was a great highlight from Friday that I have held onto. L is one of my students who gets frustrated VERY easily. He will shut down and get so mad. He’ll repeat himself over and over, “this is hard!!!” “I can’t do this!” “I don’t get it!” But Thursday I somehow got him to work through his frustration of fractions. And he eventually figured out how to convert from improper fractions to mixed numbers.

This was his Free Write on Friday…

“Today, I am going to write about fractions. Yesterday I learned how to convert fractions. And it was hard. But I wanted to say thank you for believing in me. I thought I couldn’t do it, but you helped me work through my frustrations. And now I know how to convert fractions. Thank you.”

Holding onto what’s important.

2 Responses

  1. YES that’s awesome. Go L, and go you.

  2. WIN!

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