Thursday, March 7, 2019

.....check. {7 of 31 Slice of Life}

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.

Thank you Two Writing Teachers for fostering this writing community.


  1. You crafted short sentences with repetition in the beginning - it built the tension beautifully. Then you left us in suspense during your zen ... observation - check! Loved it -- how lucky they are to have the opportunity to observe and learn from you.

  2. Observations are always so stressful. I am sure it went well. We go through so many details to prepare but I love your moment of zen.

  3. I’m amazed at all elementary teachers do, and I’m exhausted reading that list. I will do nothing special to prepare for my observation. I’m retiring in less than three months.

  4. As someone who conducts observations, I'm cognizant of the stress and worry some teachers endure prior to a lesson observation. Sounds like you prepared well. Hope you knocked it outta the park!

  5. Oh, I remember these days. So glad they are part of my past finally. I was fortunate to have supportive admin, but that still didn't take away the stress we put on ourselves. Glad you've checked the observation done box!

  6. I would love to observe in your classroom!