I often tell people how lucky I am to have the job that I have. I get to see children grow and accomplish things that seemed impossible on the first day that I met them. I get to have interesting, insightful, and really mind-altering conversations with my colleagues and teachers who work so hard for the same reason that I do.
So... someone asked me, "What is the best part of your day?"
Wow, that is a really hard one. Each day I greet the students as they arrive in the morning. Rain, snow, wind, or sun, I am the first person they see as they get off the bus. I really love seeing them in the morning. Today, one student, who is usually in a great mood and greets me with a "What's up", got off of the bus and started dancing like John Travolta in "Staying Alive" (for those who are as old as me). We laughed and joked and he went into the school with a great big smile on his face. Usually this tells me what kind of day I'm going to have. Maybe that was the best part of my day.
But...I really like getting in the classrooms and seeing all of the great learning activities the students are engaged in. Today, one teacher made sure to point out that students were developing questions to ask each other about their reading (distinguished in 3B in Danielson). The thing was, the questions the students arrived at were really thoughtful and complex. Wow! This is what I was hoping for. The students are really getting it. Maybe that was best part of my day.
But...I usually go into the lunch room and wander around, talking to the kids, checking on their day, making sure students are not playing around in the bathrooms, etc. There is one student who has had some difficulty this year with behavior and family issues. I always try to touch base with him when I see him. For the past few days, I asked, "________, how is your day going?" His answer was, "Amazing!" So I ask, "Why is it amazing?" He proceeds to tell me about a science project they are doing in class and how much he likes science and how much he really likes his teacher. Maybe that was the best part of my day.
But...I had lunch with four third grade students who have been bugging me to come to my office to eat. Their laughter and thoughtful questions about what the next year, where they are going to a different school, would be like was so inspiring. They talked about what they learned while they were here and how great their teachers were. They played games and made me laugh and smile for forty five minutes. Maybe that was the best part of my day.
But...I always like the end of the day when students are getting on their buses. I get the chance to smile at them one more time and make a joke of remind them to do their homework (usually I tell them to get out side and enjoy the weather when it is nice). When there is no after school program going on, usually on Fridays only, I savor the time I am going to get to clean up some paperwork with no one in the building. Maybe afternoon bus duty is the best part of my day.
Nope. It can't be singled out. All I can say is I am very lucky to do what I do and work with the people I work with. I am very lucky to be a part of this amazing school. The best part of my day is all day, every day.