Wednesday, October 26, 2005

I got a 5 too!

I have to grade students in art. I have a 3 part grading system based on Behavior/Conduct, Artwork/Work Habits, and Attendance. The main grade I put on artwork each week is a 1-5 behavior score. After passing back artwork today in a 2nd grade class I listened to the children's reactions to their grades. "5 means exccellent!", "Oh, I got a 5 too." They were so excited to have the feedback on their work. They were proud of the work they had created and invested not only in the art process, but also in the behaviors that they exhibited in order to create this artwork.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Preschool Patience

I have 5 special needs preschool classes. Each class has several students, each with various abilities and disabilities. Every student in these classes is so unique I find it very hard to come up with a simple lesson that each can interpret to his or her own abiliy level. It can be very frustrating to try to meet the needs of every student without losing my mind. Today, as one of the assistant teaachers was exiting my classroom after a particularly loud and trying 30 minutes, she said to me, "You are so patient with them." This was so nice to hear. It was just a simple comment but at that moment I realized that someone noticed my effort.