My oh my, it's been a busy few days.
We've had parent-teacher conferences, which means I had a lot of prep work. I like to be super prepared and while I know I made more work for myself, they have gone really well.
It's not an understatement when I say I spent all of last week working and grading. I set up a fortress of papers at Panera and camped out for the afternoon.
I had one conference on Monday's schedule, but I had the surprise of one of my favorite students withdrawing. She's moving out of zone so we had her conference after school.
Tuesday I had conferences before school and until 7:30 that evening. Today my first conference was at 7:30 am and went until 5 pm. Tomorrow and Friday I have conferences at 7:05, then have full days of teaching. We didn't have kids today to accommodate parents' work schedules.
I had two no shows, one of them was a student who has been out for two days. If he's truly that sick, I'm glad he stayed home!
Almost every conference was extremely positive. I heard that my students adore me (score) and I got to share the progress they've been making. Most of my students came with their families, so they got to lead the part of their conference where we discussed data and growth. They also got to share the reading goals they set for themselves, which is great.
I had one parent compliment my nails (woo!). Many shared that their kiddos were feeling more successful this year and thanked me for making a difference.
This is why I teach.
In the words of one of my teacher friends, "Do what's best for students and the rest will fall into place."