As we wind down the school year my students and I have been talking a lot about the past and what we have learned during grade one. Their answers are varied and day to day they come up with something new. There are a few who hold steadfast to the most important thing they’ve learned in grade one. One student is committed to his dream of becoming a builder and keeps telling me “math is the most important thing I’ve learned. I need to know how to measure.” A second student, quiet yet very reflective shared with me that she really learned that she needed to focus on her work. “That way you always know what is going on.” The most common comment is what they appreciate or are thankful for in grade one.
One thing that has really struck me is observing the impact of acknowledging and showing our appreciation for the help and support we get from others whether from home or at school. Since the beginning of the year students have been “filling each others buckets” and recently shared with the class how much they appreciate them or what they are thankful for in their day. It touches me to witness them sharing what matters most: positive relationships showing connection, appreciation and respect. Their demonstration of citizenship in their various ways warms my heart and fills my bucket every day.
Tamara (@TDKoach) is an elementary teacher and lifelong learner passionate about creativity and inquiry. Also a nature lover and coach inspired to help others.