There are times we don’t realize we experience awesome things throughout the day.  Here are ten more moments I consider awesomeness from the lens of education.

JICYMI: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

  1. Getting that familiar robo-call hearing school is canceled due to inclement weather. Another good one is watching the local news and watching the crawl scroll through the list of districts closing and you see your district. It feels like you’ve just won the lottery.
  2. Packing up work to do at home knowing you may not be at school the next day(s) due to inclement weather (see #1). Then, completing said work and feeling prepared enough to binge watch and chill for the rest of the snow days.
  3. The moment when you finally take off your shoes after being on your feet all day. Your toes, your arch, the sole of your feet and every nerve in your leg is in pain but as SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON as you take off your shoes, all of that pain goes away. #thoselittlepiggieswerehurting
  4. When your class is jammin off of your playlist during independent work time. Students bobbing their heads, tapping their toes, singing along, and still being on task with their work. You’re walking around coaching and helping students with a little extra pep in your step all because of the playlist.
  5. When your podcast somehow perfectly ends right as you arrive to your school. It’s like you know it’s going to be a great day with that type of synchronicity.
  6. Seeing the growth of your students and how far they’ve come since the beginning of the year. There were years I thought, “How am I going to get these students to this next level when they are starting off really low/behind?” But, through hard work and dedication, I saw growth in every student. I look back and was amazed at their growth!
  7. When a student shares with you an app that you can use outside of school. One teacher does a Show-n-Tell time with device apps. One student shared Photomath. She stated her grandparent couldn’t remember how to do “that type of math” so she searched and discovered it. It helped check her answers. All of the students immediately went to download it. I did too!
  8. Watching Pre-K/Kindergarten play in their centers/stations. To see students play with sand and form it into whatever their imagination decides or to watch how students interact in the kitchen/house area is truly awesome.
  9. Going to the administration building right at the perfect time and there’s parking available and short lines, then, as you are leaving, you see the crowd walking inside. You think to yourself, I left just in time!
  10. When your class comedian consistently has great material and makes you laugh all day. I remember one student cracking me up daily with his jokes. The jokes never were a distraction as he wouldn’t joke during instructional time, but as SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON as we had a break, he was locked and loaded. We laughed frequently and others would join in. Laughter is good for the soul indeed.

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