“Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.”
– Attributed to Ralph Marston
I have not posted for a few days due to computer issues and my dissatisfaction with the WordPress app for doing anything more than working on drafts of articles. I am now quite happy to have my computer back up and running, without, or so it appears at the moment, loss of any files. Though I do not doubt that something will crop up.
Naturally, this means that I am a long way behind in regards to the Gratitude Challenge, and I have also failed to put up the Flipped teacher Professional Learning for two weeks running. I hope to get the software I use to record those sessions installed again this evening, and another session recorded ready to go for next Monday.
A fair bit has changed since I last posted an article. I have spent the year traipsing from class to class, pushing the trolley of laptops before me; have trolley, will travel was the mantra for a while. Due to the school rebuild that is happening, classes have been shifted around in order for demountable buildings to be moved to new positions according to the structure required to allow the work to take place, and the most recent shift meant that library was no longer being utilised as a classroom, nor will it be used as a classroom again until, it looks like, mid-way through Term Four. To that end, I have decided to utilise it as a home base for as long as I am able to do so.
I spent all of last Tuesday, and a significant portion of last Wednesday getting it organised into some semblance of usefulness. It had been used as a classroom by a total of five classes prior to me, two of which were unexpected due to the storm damage the school suffered at the beginning of Term Two this year, and accordingly, the library was quite a mess. I put my primary students to work getting things arranged, tidying the books back up returning resources and books that belonged to the teachers who had been in here previously and getting things usable.Today when I had those same classes, the first thing that I did was thank them and tell them how much I appreciated their efforts last week, and they way they got stuck into the tasks without any grumbling, with a genuine willingness to help.
This week is the The Children’s Book Council of Australia Book Week, and there are a variety of activities going on this week to celebrate that. Along with the traditional Book Parade, which I am looking forward to dressing up for on Thursday (photos to come!), teachers are volunteering ten minute blocks to read from their favourite children’s book to any students who wish to hear, which has been quite popular thus far and the Premiers Reading Challenge has just concluded, with many students in the school reading more than normal.
I look forward to returning to more regular posting, and will return with a new gratitude challenge article last this evening, and my more regular articles from tomorrow afternoon.