Throwing a Chair (The Best Thing I Saw Today)

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Blog.jpgI’m an education nerd.  I can’t help it.  I live and breathe education.  That’s why I love Twitter.  It’s a place where I can learn and connect from and with educators from all over the world.  I want to hear about what everyone is doing for their students so that I can bring back these ideas to my own learners.  I want to share what we are doing at my school in the hope that we can inspire others so that even more students can benefit.

One of the best aspects of my job is that I have the opportunity to be inspired every single day.  All I have to do is visit the classrooms in my school.  My teachers are constantly going above and beyond for our students.  The joyful noise of students fills our classrooms.  The sound of collaboration permeates the hallways.  Teachers are providing learning experiences where a textbook is simply a resource and not the driving force of our curriculum.  Many classrooms have flexible seating options, but even in classrooms that do not, students are moving around the classroom and are not tied down to a desk.  Visitors to our school are always blown away by what they see.  It is truly amazing to be part of a school culture where everyone assists and shares ideas so that all of our students benefit.  You will often hear teachers talking about their lessons in each other’s classrooms and in the hallways.  Our classrooms are beautiful spaces where students feel welcomed and loved.

All of what I’ve written builds up to the first part of the title of this post.  For some reason I make the statement “I feel like throwing a chair” whenever I am in a classroom and catch some type of awesome moment between a teacher and students.  I have literally ran out of a room ready to tell one of my Assistant Principals about what I was just a part of.  And I have literally thrown a chair in my excitement.

So what makes me want to throw a chair?  When a student grasps a concept and let’s out a noticeable ‘Yes!’.  When a teacher is dressed as a zookeeper reading a book to her class.  When a first grade student demonstrates what she is learning and can explain why using language from a learning target.  When teachers are collaborating after school, sharing ideas for an upcoming standard with each other.  When one of our third graders helps their Pre-K buddy learn how to kick a ball.  When a veteran teacher shares an innovating strategy with a group of new teachers.

I already showcase the awesome at Gator Run via my Twitter and Instagram pages.  Our school and my teachers rightfully get a lot of credit for the amazing experiences that our students get to be a part of.  We have definitely taken control of our own narrative.  Our hashtag, #gatorrunrocks, has helped to define our school.  This year I am going to be more intentional with how I highlight the amazing things that take place in our school.  I posted the Tweet at the top of this post in a Twitter chat recently.  I’m already in my classrooms a lot.  But this year I’m going to be on a mission to find the Best Thing I Saw Today and share what I found not on our afternoon announcements.  It can be anything extraordinary that I am a witness to in our classrooms or throughout the school.  I’m not sure what it will be yet, but I’m excited to find out.  I will share my findings and my progress in a future blog post.  Stay tuned.

Summer is winding down and we are getting close to the start of a new school year.  I have rested and relaxed but now I’m ready.  Ready for the awesome that my teachers will bring.  Ready for our students to grow and learn in a loving, dynamic environment.  I can’t wait to share the Best Things I Saw every day.  I’m really ready to start throwing some chairs.

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