On Thursday, we took our end of module assessment in math. I had kids working at the rainbow table who needed extra support and kids working on their own around the room.
I had kids who were in tears. I stopped everyone and reminded them that we do not cry over math. We cry when our grandma dies or our dog is sick. A little guy pipes up to add it’s OK to cry when you have an injury and there is lots of blood. WE DO NOT CRY OVER MATH.
I am alternating hanging out at the rainbow table and circulating the room. As I stoop to help a little person, I hear a screeching voice shout the words, ‘STOP PEEKING AT MY PAPER!’
Suffice it to say what followed was not my finest 15 minutes.
Upon immediate reflection, I realized I had made a terrible mistake. Upon further reflection, I realized I had not listened to what my little person was saying. I had not asked enough questions. I had acted irrationally.
Here is where I could list all the reasons I did what I did.
It comes down to this: When I am asking too much of my kids and myself, meltdowns such as this occur.
Today I asked for forgiveness and was granted grace by a 7-year-old girl who has the heart the size of Texas. #justsayin