A few days ago, I went to pick up the kids from lunch and walked in as one of the amazing women from the lunch staff was having a serious discussion with them. Of course my first thought was “what in the world did they do this time,” but it turned out that she was just talking to them. As I stopped by the Room 114 line, I heard Ms. J* telling the kids that they were lucky that I was their teacher and so they should treat me well. The conversation stopped when Ms. J spotted me, but I thanked her for the compliment. That’s when one of the sweetest comments ever happened. One of my boys, David*, gave me one of his gigantic smiles and said “we always have fun with Ms. Fiema.” I looked at Ms. J to make sure that I had heard David correctly and then I looked back at David and my heart just melted. David is a super sweet little boy, but he can also be a handful. David has the potential to be incredibly smart, and he’s almost always so positive with his bright smile, so I can be hard on him. Because I’m hard on him, his comment meant that much more to me. I realized that David takes my expectations to heart and sees that at the end of the day, I do just want to have a good time learning in 2nd grade.
We have a giant 100 chart and as the whole class does something really well one student pulls out a popsicle stick and colors the number found on the stick. Once ten numbers in a row are colored in, a party is earned, and Room 114 earned a party yesterday. Since it’s been incredibly hot this week, we had a popsicle party at recess. All of the ups and downs in Room 114 were worth it as I saw the smiles on the monsters’ faces yesterday as they smiled for a picture and said “POPSICLE DAY!”