So happy to Celebrate with Ruth Ayres this weekend! I've taught 6th grade more than a dozen times before I just did the fuzzy math, subtracting maternity leaves coaching leave and my year in second grade That's over 500 kids And thousands of mistakes Like when I forced kids (well, their parents) to make a model of a boat for homework A boat. For homework. And all the times I took away recess when kids needed you know, a break. Recess. When kids needed a break. I used to make all the kids read the same books and answer comprehension questions to prove they read the assignment and write vocabulary sentences that let them pretend they were learning vocabulary. To prove and pretend. So. Many. Mistakes. I have to celebrate these mistakes, because I have learned so much in this lucky lucky job that starts over every August. I have to celebrate these mistakes, because when I made them I was doing the best I could at the time. I have to celebrate these mistakes, because now I know better which means now I'm doing the best I can at the time. Which logically means I'm making more mistakes to learn from.