Tuesday, June 12, 2007


This week in my garden, my green beans reached more than half-way up the trellis, the tomatoes opened a few yellow blossoms and the cucumbers leaves are enormous! My little babies that I put in as seed are now growing even closer to a delicious salad. I even ate a little lettuce that I grew myself for lunch! Of course the cat dug up half of my hollyhocks and my lilacs look like they are not long for this world, but that's fine--they can't all be victories, right?
I have to take the same perspective with my students. With just a few days left, the temptation to be naughty is just too much for a few of them. My patience runs thin as I try to cram in the last few nuggets of knowledge before they burst out of the door and into their summer vacation. I just focus on the ones who I can look at and know that I made a difference in their lives, they ones who got something out of all of the hard work that we put in this year. And the others--well, I will just tell myself that they are acting out because they are thinking about how much they will miss me. Yeah, that's it.


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Anonymous said...

Tomatoes are supposed to get yellow flowers? Uh-oh. I think mine are in trouble.

jewlsntexas said...

Oh boy I remember those last days of school. There was so much pre-summer energy in the air - anything could happen.
Here's hoping you make it through the last days unscathed! (and don't kill anybody in the process!)

As far as gardening - I have no official training so everything of mine is way too overcrowded - but it is producing. I did meet a nice older man who said he would teach me some things! I am taking him up on it. We are growing watermelon and cantaloupe far out in the back yard. Oh yeah - I better go water that thing!

Big Red Driver said...

I wish you had been my teacher. And I love your picks for read alouds next year!