Harry Wong is on my radar today, quoted in Primary Literacy Centers by Susan Nations and Mellissa Alonso.
My class is by no means perfect. I can witness to the fact that we do have our problems, our issues, and our moments, but as I'm now officially on spring break and looking back at the last seven months, I know that what's going so well now is a direct result of what happened months ago during that first week of school. The beginning of the year is admittedly not my favorite, but now that I'm this far into the year, I'm beyond grateful for it. All the hard work I put into establishing my classroom has paid off. I can feel its effects months down the line. (And yes, of course classroom procedural upkeep lasts all throughout the year.) With only two months of school left, it's a perfect time to think about what's going smoothly as well as what drives me crazy. That thing that gets under my skin just might be something that could have been avoided back in August. I'm grateful for new beginnings and the chance to tackle these things once again. The rest of the year will thank me for it.