During the entire time I've been at Oak Grove, our MS team has been really special. Even this summer, there have been lots of opportunities for creative collaboration. Recently Heidi and I were figuring out how to best share a classroom. Tracy and I were planning most effective ways to teach world culture and world geography. Steph stopped over and we shared our research and frameworks regarding best practices for teaching in the block. Our regular team time helps us address the needs of all students, keeps our focus on the mission of Oak Grove, and keeps us on the same page logistically all while supporting our personal and professional growth. We are aiming for iron sharpening iron! Effective team time makes a huge tangible and intangible difference for students and for teachers. Shout out to Sarah, Renae, Vanessa, Janice, Megan, Sam, Aaron, Renee, Jess, Chad, Rochelle, Tracy, Dave, Steph, Heidi, Terri, & Aimee!
I recognize how blessed I am to work with y'all.
Ephesians 1:16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.
Our youngest started football practice last night--great coaches and great kids! I grabbed my picnic blanket and my teaching bag and found some shade. After an hour I look up and see lots of moms across the field visiting on the sidelines. I'm torn between making more progress and getting to know Danny's friends' parents. This is the moment I'm thankful for maturity/being old! I will be ready for my students whether or not I work another 1/2 hour on this particular day. Long ago I read the advice to develop authentic friendships with your kids' friends' parents and we have found it to be true with our older son. As Evan goes off to college we are so aware and so thankful for our friends who have walked through his childhood with us- all the joys and challenges and everything in between. So I stood up and made my way across the field- thankfully to a warm welcome. I wonder which, if any, of these potential friendships will be short-term blessings and if any of these families will become close friends...
All that said, Day 2 of practice is tonight and Mike is still in Canada- will I stay and visit or drop Danny off and go work at school!? I admit it- I'm torn. I'm so excited for school and have SO much I want to do. :-)