Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Good News from FM High School

Realizing that "make positive phone calls home" and "reinforce positive behavior" are on every teacher's to-do list, and that some of you regularly do these things, and that I'm not patting myself on the back too much because many of you are more virtuous than I...

But also recognizing that these behaviors being on my good intentions slash nice if I have time list and being on my checked-off list are two different things...

And also not judging myself too harshly for six years of failures in virtuosity...

I'm happy to report that the school providing me with a fresh, stiff pack of yellow postcards that have address blocks on one side and "Good News from FM High School..." on the other side has prompted me to send at least three of these every Friday afternoon to children's homes for...

acknowledging determination to not drop out of a class that is a challenge for them
or he is a cool kid and he volunteered to partner with the kid everyone thinks is a little weird
or because she had a rough start this year but she is killing it this quarter
or something I halfway made up but I know they have been having conflict with their parents and could use a boost

has been, I wouldn't call it transformative, and I may be imagining it, but I have noticed an additional warm fuzziness, a we're all in this together, a patience in my room with each other and with me...

and I'm going to keep doing the postcards.