The Little Things Matter
My first child, Giuliana, was born April 26th, the day after my students finished testing. The birth of my first child has helped to put a lot into perspective for me; mostly, that the little things matter, both in school and in my life outside of school. Among other things, Giuliana has helped me realize that my professional life doesn't boil down to 3's and 4's, but being able to make a difference in a student's life. I remembered that if I can ignite a passion for learning in the mind of my students then the test scores will take care of themselves.
As I start a new school year, I am refocusing myself to make sure that I never again lose track of what's really important: developing and maintaining a strong rapport with my students. Because as we all know, the little things like knowing if your student scored the winning goal or just got a new dog is much more important that a 3 or a 4 any day of the week.