Saturday, March 29, 2014

29/31 Celebrate

Discover. Play. Build.
Ruth Ayres has created a wonderful spot for sharing moments from your week. She even has  a page to give you all the details you need to know about sharing your own celebrations. So head  on over and see what everyone else is celebrating. 

I'm a little late for a Saturday, but I spent today working at the state solo ensemble music contest that our school hosted. It was a terrific day of music, even if I did hear it from outside the door (I was a room chair and and to sit outside and make sure people didn't come in during a performance.).

 I found that being a room chair was a little like coaching. Those nerves show up at the worse times.  So whether they were just nervous in general or they worried about their accompanist showing up on time, I did my best to calm them down. I spent the day repeating, "We're flexible. Don't worry, we'll make time for you." Often the word "breathe" was all I needed to say.

The talent of high school kids always amazes me, and I love to watch them participate in something other than school work. I love that they get these opportunities to perform.

I also celebrated a breakthrough with a student this week (at least I hope it was a breakthrough). Really, it's my biggest celebration of the week.  On Monday I wrote about a melt down I had with a student.  My response to him was unacceptable behavior for me, but, we both apologized and moved on. The next day he came in, presented a really good speech and had his homework done for the other class he has with me.

The last celebration this week is because tomorrow our district's competency based education team that I am a part of flies to New Hampshire to visit a school that is totally competency based. We wanted to see it in action and our principal found the spot for us to visit. I'm really looking forward to seeing what they do and asking questions of those doing it.  Should be a great learning opportunity.  I'm hoping I'll have time to blog about it while we're there, but I just don't know.

It's been a great week. The snow is melting, the temperatures have been decent, maybe spring is really on the way.

Now that's something to celebrate!


  1. It's always a time to celebrate when kids shine. How cool to be heading to NH to observe a school! Have a safe flight and a great week!

  2. Have fun in Pittsfield. Sounds like a great opportunity.

  3. Your positive spirit shines through in this piece Deb. It lifted me just reading it. That's the power of the writer to evoke an emotional response from the reader on display. Thanks!

  4. So much to celebrate every day. Have a great week in NH.

  5. Celebrating the today, the yesterday and the tomorrow - making it whole.
    Your weekend is so busy. i hope that you will find time to rest and play soon.

  6. I like your line, "We're flexible. Don't worry, we'll make time for you." That would definitely put my mind at ease. :-) Have a wonderful time in NH! What a great opportunity!