Friday, February 13, 2015

One of Those Days

Today was one of those days. You know the kind. The sort of day you wake up and wonder if you are going to make it through to the end. For teachers, those days are usually ones before a long break. But today was a triple whammy: the day before vacation, the day before Valentine's Day (lots of candy and sugar running through the halls) and Friday the 13th. Trepidatiously, I began my day.

On top of these beyond-my-control variables, I also had planned our team's annual PSA Film Festival. Being my fourth year, I was determined that this year, things would go smoothly. (Friday the 13th be damned!) Each year this simple celebration of student-created  public service announcement videos has been a stress-filled, hectic afternoon that came close to being a disaster. In past years, I've been screamed at by parents, had major technical difficulties, and even shed tears (sad, not happy ones).

But this year, I was prepared and made sure that nothing could go wrong. I left plenty of time in between grading the PSAs and the film festival.  Time to give kids feedback and allow them time to revise their videos if needed. Time to look through all of their video footage and create a surprise blooper reel video for them. Time to do a practice run with Mrs. Nichols to make sure the videos would play with no trouble.

And so, it was one of those days.

One of those days where you couldn't be more proud of your students. A day where you get the opportunity to share kids' hard work with their parents. A day where former students return to support their younger siblings. A day where you get to laugh with everyone who makes up your team: teachers, students and families.  A day where you feel like you might want to shed some tears (happy, not sad ones). This was one of those days.

So as we head off to our February break, I just want to say thank you to everyone. Today was one of those awesome, wonderfully fabulous days.

1 comment:

Señora Dugan said...

I love the post! May we all have many of those days as educators!