Self talk - "my ducks are all in a row."
Room cleaned - check.
Extra stack of books hidden in the closet - check.
Pets have clean cages and fresh water - check.
Anchor charts are current and updated - check.
Table tops are clean - check.
We are learning - so that we can chart filled out - check.
Lessons for the week are DETAILED - check.
Guided reading books are pulled - check.
Image for mini lesson ready to be projected - check.
Counters are cleaned off - check.
Students are prepped - check.
Lunch time - check.
Then I look at my student teacher and ask if she minds I turn off the lights to eat and review my plans. I follow that request with, "I need a moment of zen."
An hour passes. Observation done - check.
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