Sometimes it feels like I’m the only one running this race
The sunlight trickles in as the ceiling fan keeps things moving
D leans her ear into the crook of her elbow as she retells her story
A and mum spar playfully, not sure which piece to feature
S and mum are quiet. Too quiet
L peeks out the window, composing herself or lost in thought, as she pulls out her next selection to share
Joburg, Delhi, Accra, Kanagawa, Amsterdam, Beirut, Barranquilla
Hindi, Dutch, Japanese, Arabic, Urdu, Spanish
They all make an appearance, and I’m struck by what has come together, here
I sit, removed. Present, but not. Equal parts confident and tense. Reminding myself
It’s not a sprint
It’s a marathon
First and foremost, student led conferences are an opportunity to reflect, celebrate, and look forward together. Portfolios are a work in progress that will be added to as the year moves forward. They are meant to show off examples of effort and areas of growth, not perfection. After a quick hello to your teachers, your child will take the lead. Thanks, see you at your child’s conference!
I chuckle at this paragraph, rewriting it in my mind.
First and foremost, these conferences are an opportunity for your teacher to question his competence. Portfolios are unmercifully imperfect, like teaching. Your teacher will be in the room for these conferences, nervously attempting to overhear your conversations. Please be sure to share any concerns about your child’s teachers with the parents around you and the greater community. Thanks, see you at your child’s conference!
Ok, sometimes I find myself running to irrational places.
It’s tough to imagine a career choice laced with more self-doubt than teaching.
But I know self-doubt will come, and go. And it makes its appearance less frequently, with time, and experience. So, I make a choice. To focus on what’s good. To put my faith in good little human beings, who come from good bigger human beings.
I soak up the smiles, the great energy. The partnerships in front of me that provide clear proof
I’m not running this race alone