What I have learned this morning is monumental as it always is. As students introduced themselves to one another I was once again astonished to see the nodding heads and the "Me, too!" call outs. One student used the word "awesome" to describe herself. It was wonderful to see other nod assent. Yes, each one is awesome as they beat out more than 600 other applicants for the spot in this program. But they are also awesome for the work they do each and every day. One teacher works with special ed students to help them pass the state test in Biology. Her success rate is 50% which is AWESOME even though the state would use a different adjective. Imagine kids reading at the 1st grade level and half of them pass the standard high school test? More than awesome.
While I have not read any book today (though I began class as always by reading them "Eleven" by Sandra Cisneros), I have read 18 people. That's not bad, right? And here is an excellent article about learning and teaching, too: http://www.choiceliteracy.com/public/1073.cfm
In a few minutes they will return from lunch and begin to set up their new laptops. It will be Christmas all over again. I love my job.
Here is a photo of the fountain outside of one of our favorite restaurants a couple of weeks ago when we had a cold snap. For some of you, this may be ho-hum. In Texas, this is VERY unusual!