Saying Goodbye and Welcoming a New Crew
Throughout the year, I saw my vision of a class of below level students taking on the personality and abilities of a gifted class emerge. Yes, the digital projects were not without stress, doubt, mistakes and a real constant struggle with time but I fully attribute them to the huge academic leaps I saw in my students. Together, all of the students reached the goal of being on or above grade level by May, and I think more importantly they found their own confidence and voice in the classroom that they can take with them to fourth grade. That makes all of it worth it. Next year, I will again be teaching a self-contained third grade class of below grade level students, and I will not be doing what I did last year. I plan on doing more.