The Senator

By Tuesday, April 28, 2015 0 No tags Permalink 0

A few days ago Senator Newberry came and visited my kindergarten classroom. He took over calendar time and did a read aloud. His visit was prompted by our school counselor at a recent rally. She is advocating for a change in the cut off date for Kindergarten eligibility. I was appreciative of his time and the way he listened to the rational behind our idea. A few days later I had my 15 minutes of fame on our local news. It definitely got people talking about the subject of school readiness. Let’s hope that it doesn’t end up just being talk!

 

Here’s my 15!

http://www.kjrh.com/news/local-news/sand-springs-teachers-want-kindergarten-cut-off-date-moved-from-september-1-to-may-1#Keeping%20Kindergarten%20Students%20Focused

 

 

THAT

As many of you know, I am a teacher. I took last year off but something kept tugging at me to return. So I did. I’m teaching kindergarten this year. I have a student that is not comfortable with physical contact. I found out quite by accident during the first weeks of school. I simply placed my hand gently on his shoulder while I was walking around the room teaching a lesson. He jerked away so violently, it startled me. Obviously, I made sure not to do that again. Last week this student hugged me. Both arms wrapped around my waist, squeezing me. It took everything I had not to cry. Today, that same student uttered the words “I love you, Mrs. Ward.” THAT is why I teach. It’s not about money, or testing, or fitting all the curriculum in. It’s about moments. And I will never forget this one.