Monday, March 5, 2012
I am a mom, a wife, a daughter, and a teacher (to name just a few). In every aspect of my life, there are high expectations and I love that. I strive to do the very best I can and I wish this for my boys as well as my students.
I teach 3rd grade at an amazing school. Every year, the children are asked to do a Personal Passion for Learning project (PPL). I teach researching skills and let the class research something they care about. They are then asked to share a visual and explain what they learned. I stress that they become masters of their passion (a very focused passion) and that they explain it in their own words.
Today was the start of our PPL presentations and I couldn't have asked for more. R presented about how cheddar cheese is made. She talked about curd, health inspectors, and cheese cloth. She was animated and knowledgeable about her topic. I smiled so much that my cheeks hurt. I couldn't help but give her a hug and share how proud I was.
L followed with a PowerPoint on how to build a tree house. L and his dad drew up blueprints and walked us through the building process...it was amazing. He simplified this detailed process so everyone could understand. He even joked with his dad that this project must be done in real life. I beamed from ear to ear.
E was my finale and I was mesmerized. I've seen the crystal presentation before but never like this. Eye contact was constant, inflection was abundant, passion was there, and he fully understand how the molecules worked together. We even got flavored sugar crystals to sample. I didn't even realize that my eyes started to fill with H2O until my students started to groan.
"Are you crying?" they moaned. "Not yet!" was my stifled response.
This isn't the first time that I've been proud enough to get teary. I expressed my pride and joy in watching today's presenters. Sharing most of my day with these kids makes them feel like my own. I have high expectations for my kids and today they rose to the occasion. I am a proud teacher mama! Bring on the rest of the amazing presenters this week! I'll make sure that I rest my cheeks tonight.