I feel like I am running a marathon everyday and training for the next one every night. This group of students brings so many challenges to the table and my investment in their success has been just as great. I have spent so much time reflecting on what worked and what didn't so I can plan the next day accordingly. Setting myself and the students up for success. Every moment is a precious moment that I could be building rapport and trust with my students. Every day after I drop the kiddos off I debrief with my chaperone teacher.
The best part of this whole exhausting process is that it is paying off. We have been struggling all week and made it a LONG way. I am hoping tomorrow we will have built on the progress of today and things will go smoothly but we have some pretty big issues with listening, respect, interrupting, listening, listening……I have found myself becoming a very different teacher, but not worse necessarily, than I usually am this week which is interesting and exasperating. I am not normally this rigid and strict with my expectations. I like to allow the students space to create their own meaning, take ownership and learn naturally from the process. With this group, when I give an inch they take a mile....never have I regretted letting students pick up twigs to weave more. It became a slippery slope that I have been backtracking ever since.
With boundaries being pushed and tested left and right, I have had the opportunity to pull out all the stops and have SUPER HIGH standards all week. All that being said, it has been awesome to build and earn a relationship with these kiddos. This is definitely a week I am not soon to forget.