A couple years ago...
One afternoon, I took my class to their buses and realized I had not noticed J at all that day. No conversation, not even eye contact. We quietly said, "Bye." I felt so guilty. We'd been together seven hours and hadn't acknowledged each other. A teacher friend suggested maybe J liked it that way, but I vowed that day to speak to every child everyday. Good grief, at least notice them.
This year, my class includes some children you can't help but notice-
for behavior- D, C, and H; J- new to our school, angry at the world
two guys that constantly want to go to the bathroom or share some inane detail of their lives- D, J
because they're just friendly, happy people- C, H, K, B;
a couple lovie-doves that can't walk by with hugging me- M, S and A;
one little shy sweetie pie- M (slowly turning into a hugger)
one that's hard to fit in a category- S
and others that would rather blend in, without attention drawn to them: C, K, M
These three get an extra smile each morning, whether I get a response or not.
* No slice on March 13, 2013 *