Slice of Life: Quiet School Moments

March 12, 2010

It’s Friday afternoon and the clock says 3:50 p.m.  The students have been gone for over forty minutes.  The teacher day ended thirty minutes ago.  I’m still here.  It’s quiet.  Yes, quiet.  How often is it quiet at school?  I savor these moments.  I’m reflecting on my day.  Here are a few of my delights today.

Angie stopped and said, “You’ll love this.  I just had to tell you.  Raymond (a second grader) came in today saying, ‘That Mrs. G.  She has me hooked on these books and that’s all I can do is just read, read, read.'”  A surprise indeed as Raymond avoids reading at all costs.

Tyler, a fourth grader,  saw me in the hallway, waving a paper at me. “I just stopped by to see you,” he said smiling.  “I want you to read my writing.”  I smiled.  Was I really hearing my ears?  Tyler avoids writing at all costs.  Tyler followed me into my office and handed me his paper. The smile on his face showed me how proud he was of it.  “After I give this piece to my dad, he’ll probably want another one.”

Samantha, a second grader, walked in quietly.  She visited me just a week ago for the first time.  I was surprised to see her, as she is shy.    “Hi Samantha, how can I help you?” I asked, already knowing what her heart desired.

“I returned your books.  They were really good.  Do you have any more books I could read?” she stated whispering, looking around at the bookshelves.

I smiled.  “What do you have in mind?”  We then found two books that appealed to her.

Quiet moments.  I appreciate the time to reflect.  I’m able to pause and enjoy the specialness of the day.  Children, they’re worth it!