Celebrating Conversations

There are only so many minutes. So many days. This week I was overwhelmed by the energy spent on managing the next thing. There is nothing unique about this reflection. We all face these constraints and the frustration that goes along with them. What’s worth writing about is what lifted me out.

The conversations.
About hopes for the weekend.
About the lost pencil that mattered so much.
About a plan for a story about a girl who had no family and a girl who had no friends.
About the first book in a series and the plans for writing future books.
About realizing people who annoy you have a lot in common with you.
About the hug from a sister of your student at the end of the day.
About how hard it is to be me.

This week I celebrate conversations. The data points of relationships aren’t monitored or measured. They don’t exist on any transcript, report card, or compiling device that marks metrics of academic progress or college and career readiness.  This week I celebrate the conversations and relationships that make teaching and life a privilege.

Read more celebrations here, at Ruth Ayers Writes.

8 thoughts on “Celebrating Conversations

  1. Beautiful. Relationships can not be measured in points, yet they matter, and learning and growth can’t happen without good relationships. Wishing you a new week filled with conversations that lift you.

  2. So much more to our teaching days than data collecting. Conversations are important. They grow us as individuals and as a community.

  3. I wonder how many people not in education realize the importance of words among teachers and among students, each day all day. It is often a big challenging week, but those words do help. I’m sure your students feel that too, Julieanne.

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