After Ava read a J at 97% accuracy, 64 WPM, and with the expression of a true actress, we walked down the hall to see her mentor.  On the way, I told her we were on the “Bragging Train.” She had earned the right to brag about her progress. At first, she was shy about telling Mrs. H. of her success. But Mrs. H.’s hugs melted her guarded stance.

We started to walk back and met Mrs. F., our coach, in the hallway. We told her we were on the Bragging Train too. She replied, “Is your brain on fire? Oooh, can I touch it? Ouch, that’s some serious heat! Mrs. Miner, you may have to put up a protective shield!”  Ava giggled and stood taller.

Next we passed her classroom from last year. With a quiet signal, I asked if we could share a moment. Without hesitation, Ms. C., opened the door wide, brought Ava forward, and her entire second grade class broke into “Uno, dos, tres, Ole! Ole! Ole!” Ava grew some more.

“I can’t stop smiling. I’m so happy.” My heart was bursting as well. So much hard work, worry, frustration, and patience brought us to this celebratory moment. It does take a village. I’m so grateful for Ava for reminding me of why our work matters.


7 thoughts on “March 1, 2017

  1. It’s always about the success of the kids – that’s why we all work so hard! I love your last line – perfectly said!

  2. Hello! So glad to be reading your writing again this year, friend!
    I love this piece so much. First, to steal ideas of silly ways to celebrate and talk about it. But also for the great writing, as your walk down the hallways evokes a train trip, travelling from unsure to sure, private to public celebration. Pure joy. Don’t you wish we had time to make a fuss more often for our children who work so hard?

  3. It’s wonderful to celebrate the big and little things in a student’s academic life (okay, and personal!). I love how you were able to involve so many others in the celebration as well–your students are blessed!

    1. I’m so happy you are joining in the writing challenge. It’s been such a wonderful experience for me, and I hope it will be for you, too!

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