A couple of weeks into the school year, I had seen a post on the Responsive Classroom website about the difference that the first Twelve Days can make with a new class. I remember thinking, "we are so far from there! Will we ever get there?" Week after week, I'd try to confer with my readers during Reading Workshop but would get distracted or interrupted by other kiddos. At six weeks, I'd tried to open all of the activities that I'd planned for Word Study but found that my kiddos could not handle making choices. At the end of our second writing unit, I still had a number of writers who were struggling to produce complete stories. My kiddos were still regularly tattling, pushing, complaining, and teasing.
It finally feels like this class is my class and I'm no longer constantly reminiscing about previous classes. My kiddos are doing more listening and helping than tattling and teasing. I know that I will still have difficult mornings, afternoons, maybe even a whole day or week, but at least I've been able to experience some successes, which gives me hope for more. Phew!