We're not where we need to be. Not yet. But, we're getting closer every day. I am straining my brain but try as I may, I can't remember dealing with a single disciplinary issue today.
My student who is EXTRAORDINARILY sensitive did not tattle today. Either her feelings were not hurt by any of her classmates today or she is beginning to become a little more tolerant of their missteps.
The student who struggles with social learning brought me a tissue today when I was reading the #classroombookaday and couldn't help but tear up.
The student who I affectionately refer to (in my head) as dancing bear seemed to be able to control his impulsivity today. He didn't have any unkind words for his peers as far as I know.
Little by little, negative behaviors are decreasing and are being replaced by positive behaviors. Or, at least that is how it seemed today. Maybe it is just because we were coming off a long weekend and my outlook is just a bit more positive now that I'm well rested. Maybe.
But just as I was celebrating these small successes, I remembered that one of my students was missing today. He was absent again. He has been absent 8 times now. He is often absent on Mondays or on the first day of the school week as was the case today. He is sometimes out on Fridays. No adult called him in sick until the school left a voicemail for the parents. It is concerning. Today was the 50th day of school. This kiddo has missed nearly a sixth of the school year. He is bright. He gets caught up. He is just missing out on so many experiences. His classmates miss him when he is out. I'm not sure what he is up to when he is not at school and that worries me too.
Our classroom culture is just about where I need it to be. Students are invested in one another's learning. Our community is one where kids respect one another. Despite the gains we've made, we need to keep working until every child is happy to come to school to learn. The goal is 100% of my 22 students thriving. We are not there YET.