Things have been busy, busy the past couple weeks. I’ve slowly adapted to my new role in 6th grade, [two weeks now!], road tripped to Duluth with some besties, laughed with girlfriends at dinner, & shopped for Christmas gifts. I can’t believe Christmas break is a few nights away; I couldn’t be more excited to sleep in with my pal, Ace, get caught up around the house, and get a grip on the second half of the school year.
It has taken me a while to adjust to my new teaching role, but it’s definitely coming along. Sixth graders are funny, little humans. They are just young enough to ask about my weekend, if I have kids, and what my dog likes to do for fun, but are independent enough to plan fun lessons and discussions.
With my new schedule, I have a two hour Reading and Language block with a sixth grade honors class, and it’s right away in the morning. I can already tell they are a hardworking group who wants to please, please, please. They have thrived with every lesson I’ve planned these past two weeks and have exceeded my expectations immensely. We’re finishing up a novel they started with the previous teacher, Elijah of Buxton, and usually have a journal topic to start class off each day.
On Thursday of this past week, the journal topic asked: Consider the quote by writer, George MacDonald, “To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.” Do you agree? Defend your response.
Let me just tell you, the discussion I heard walking around the room melted my heart:
Trust is better than love, what good is love if there is no trust?
My mom has always told me that love is the most important thing in the world. If people love each other, they are set for life.
I mean, I LOVE my Xbox, but I don’t trust it? So I think love is more important than trust.
Listening to such sweet thoughts on such powerful words was delightful. I wish I could bottle their innocence and take some for myself. This activity, among others, have opened my eyes to the fun I will be apart of this year.
The craziness of the holidays will not slow down over the next couple nights: birthday brunch for my mom and sis tomorrow, followed by cookie making and the Vikings game, The Snow Queen play with my 8th graders on Monday, holiday celebrations in school on Wednesday, & then BREAK and celebrating with family! I can’t wait!
Off to whip up something yummy for some of my people tonight – Tony and I are throwing together a make shift Christmas/Holiday get together for our friends.
Peace out crumpets, xo