Christmas Countdown

It’s Christmastime (oh sorry, I mean holiday break) and many classrooms have a countdown for the number of days left in school on their boards.

For some reason this time of year always made me especially reflective (maybe it was all those midyear conferences with evaluators and administrators!). Working in high poverty classrooms, I always wondered if I was going to see some of my students after the New Year and if I wasn’t, if I had given them enough.

Not enough science.

Not enough social studies.

Not enough ELA.

But enough faith to believe in themselves. Enough of a spark that might ignite a passion or a calling inside of them.

Maybe it was the increased number of flavored espresso drinks.