I remember a time in my teaching when the thought of parents observing me as I taught was horrifying. But as I got more comfortable in my teacher skin I realized how important it was to make a parent a friend by inviting them in to see what was going on, what was really going on in my classroom, how hard it was to teach their kids, keep them in engaged for my 42 minutes with them. Just that act of invitation was so important and correct for them and the kids in my room. Of course they have a right to be there, but even more important their kids need to have them see just how great they are. It’s time for shining and yesterday, I watched as Tara’s kids were shining as they shared their year of learning with their parents in room 202.
It was early to be up and out for me but of course Tara was there getting things set up when I arrived and we had time for a chat. She was ready, the kids were ready and there was that wonderful excitement as parents filed in to claim a seat in the back of the room where they could find a comfy spot. An essential audience for publishing.
First Tara shared the video documenting their evolution as writers. I took a spot on the side of the room to watch the kids as they watched themselves. Then each kid introduced a project they were proud of, poised and clear, and then parents got up and took a museum walk with the kids and everyone was engaged in reading and leaving a comment behind. I have pictures and video that documents the experiences, but honestly, you had to be there.
What a climax to a great year working with Tara. I’m very lucky to be living so close to my Slicer buddy and like the parents who attended yesterday, so welcomed. I have witnessed a great teacher, loved and respected by her students and parents!
I hope there’s more to come….
Here’s a taste of the day with rewards…