Over the last couple of weeks I have been just a shell of a person. I’m not sure if being sick knocked me on my butt and made me lose all motivation, or if it’s because I’ve had it up to here with my students and am so burnt out. It’s probably a combination of both and the fact that spring break is 4 days away doesn’t help in the least. Regardless, I’m out people.
Last week seemed to take forever to get through. Crazy kids, after school classes, and meetings every day were enough to send me right over the edge. Wednesday afternoon when school was over, I worked with some kids who are in our after school class. I met with one of my own students who also attended the class. She has spent the year really struggling in reading. Just that afternoon she took a reading test that tested her current reading level. I pulled her to the side to discuss her results. I was so excited to tell her that she had moved up 1/2 of a grade level which is really quite an improvement. I lifted my hand to give her a high-five. She looked at me a moment and then wrapped her arms around me and gave me a big hug. I hugged her back feeling both so proud of her, but also even more excited that she was so proud of herself.
I so needed that. With the behavior problems that we deal with on a regular basis, and the parents who don’t give a s#!% it can be real hard to feel like you have made even the slightest bit of difference. Last week I felt that way for a few moments. Those few moments may just get me through this week.