Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Teacher Awards

Last night we had our third five minute staff meeting after school, for three weeks in a row, to present two trophies to celebrate our successes. What a fantastic idea! What great energy, enthusiasm and professionalism. The latest two receipents created the following little song:

Day in and day out
Every day, every day
Differentiated instruction
Is your only way!

You could use a valium too
But this trophy will have to do!

(sung to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb)

They presented to a teacher/Educational assistant combo! Now it is their turn to present next Tuesday to two other deserving staff members!

Sunday, May 31, 2009


One of my teachers, Mrs. Anne Stewart, has created two new excellent programs in our school this past school year: an art club and an elementary running club which is an inspiration and an excellent opportunity for many of our kids.

This particular staff member was assigned some new teaching duties this past year and I'm not so sure that she would have chosen those for herself. She is obviously a person with inspirational professionalism. Besides the two new extra-curricular programs, she has taken on a love for one of her newest teaching assignmnets. One of my greatest enjoyments from this past year has involved listening to her. She is always bragging about her kids and what they have accomplished. When she is not doing that, she is spending much of her time thinking about methods on improving their performances. She collaborates and she is willing to learn as much as possible from other professionals.

I wish we all, including myself, could so quickly and easily adapt and grow into a new situation with such dedication and professionalism!