Dear Jasper and Kestrel,
Today was the last day of my class’s Reader’s Theater Performances. It was also the first day I got to watch one, if only for a few minutes. Usually the groups leave the pod, the building where my class is, and go clear across campus to other classrooms, but today a group did their play, “A Visit from Cesar Chavez” in Emma Mandella’s room, just a few steps from mine. So I snuck over to watch.
I was pleased to see how attentive the third grade audience was. They leaned in to hear the soft voices of some of my students, but relaxed when Brandon spoke. He has a fine, clear voice and isn’t afraid of being in front of people. I was proud of how well he has grown in order to take part in the play.
The whole Reader’s Theater library is part of the fourth grade “Benchmark” series, an English language development program. I didn’t use much of the series, but the plays and some of the reading books were useful. I hope the fourth grade next year takes advantage of this resource.
After school it was time for some of the end of year paperwork. Cumulative folders, report cards, writing samples, and special grades for children still learning English all take time to prepare. Since I need to be DONE on the last day, I have started early so there are no surprises.
Once I got home I waited for dear Jane Parrish to bring her enormous contribution to my retirement party…the beer and wine! Thanks Janie! A good time will be had by all, I’m sure.
Tomorrow is the fifth to the last day of school for me….ever! Still wrapping my brain around that.