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Teaching Is A Team Sport
I hope your weekend was great! I'm ready for another great week at Pillow!
As some of you know, I've been training to run my first marathon, which I will take part in next Sunday the 14th (Yes, my Valentine's Day gift to my wife is watching me run 26.2 miles and then passing out on the couch from exhaustion). I've been training a lot for the race and I'm finally ready for the big day and for all of the training to pay off. When I go on training runs I often think about work and I think about y'all, the Pillow staff. I don't train with a running group and my runs are always done solo, so I get a lot of time to reflect. On Saturday I ran my last long training run before the race next weekend, a 10 miler at Town Lake. While on that run, with my knee hurting a little bit and my calves cramping up, I started to think about how my training journey relates to our year at Pillow. We have been putting in months and months of work in order to reach a goal. The goal, like my attempt to finish a marathon, is for our kiddos to be successful. Successful academically, socially, and emotionally. Our goal is for our students to leave our class better than when they entered. My goal in training is to be a better runner than when I started training. And along the way, I've gotten injured, been exhausted, wanted to give up, had great days, etc. In many ways, we go through this as educators too. We have a goal in mind (our students being successful) and we train hard (teach our kiddos every day) but we also have setbacks (kiddos not scoring where we want them to on a test, kiddos not following rules, us being tired from a stressful job) and we have great training days (those days when a kiddo that's struggling finally gets it). In many ways, teaching is like the sport of running. That's what I thought about on my run...until tonight, while watching the Super Bowl.
For those of you who don't care for pro football, the matchup tonight was between the Broncos (considered the underdog team with a quarterback who is beat up and probably playing his last season) versus the Panthers (a team that only lost one game all season and whose 26 year old star quarterback was the MVP of the season). Everyone had the Panthers picked to win this game. But, the Broncos did something that the Panthers didn't do...they played as a team. See, the Panthers had relied on their star quarterback all season long, and in this game, the biggest game of the season, he was shut down. With no one else to turn to, their team lost the battle. But, the Broncos, the underdogs, were able to come out victorious, not because of one payer, but because they played together as a team. Anyone who watched the game knows that the broncos didn't rely on one player and that their game wasn't that exciting or flashy. They were victorious because they played as one unit and were able to rely on one another. Even the MVP of the game was a defensive player. Most of the time the MVP is the flashy quarterback, running back, or receiver. When a defensive player wins the game MVP, you know it was a team effort on both sides of the ball.
So, what am I saying? As cheesy as it might sound, our Pillow Family succeeds, not because we are individuals, but because we are a team of individuals. We don't work in a field where you go at it alone, like a runner does. We work in a field where we are a part of a team and where we have people around us to lean on when we need it. I've said it before, this staff is the best staff I've worked with for many reasons. One of them being the fact that we all chip in wherever we need to in order to get the job done. During this stressful time of the year with STAAR testing and primary assessments and kiddos getting antsy and acting out a little, it can be easy to get down and get frustrated. But we need to be able to lean on one another during these times in order to be successful...in order for our kiddos to be successful. We just celebrated the 100th day of school. We are well past the half way point of the school year. We've got a lot of work to do in a short amount of time. Lean on your grade level team, lean on your support staff, lean on your admin, take it a day at a time, know that it's ok to get stressed or frustrated (that means you care about your job and your kiddos), but don't let the stress take over. Don't be an individual only in this profession that is built on teamwork. If you do, you'll end up lonely like the runner, or defeated like the Panthers...having no one to lean on in times of need. Let's be a team, a family, and let's ensure our kiddos are successful...TOGETHER.
The Pillow library has walls! Getting closer to having a beautiful spot to read!
Held mock job interviews w/ our Pillow ESL parent class! Thanks 2 our PSS, Ms. Balois!
Our Panthers build bridges, not walls! #AISDproud to be a No Place For Hate campus!
Behind the scenes of our 4th grade flower business! Valentine's Day & financial literacy!
Our 4th grade Panthers show off their writing skills, sharing about their educational field trip!
Ms. Reynolds' 3rd grade dual language class teaches us about Mexican writer, Juan Rulfo!
Ms. Zamarron's dual language Pre-K class conducts a hands-on science lesson!
Ms. Swingle, acts out a skit w/ our Panthers on how to work out problems at SEL assembly!
PreK Panthers in Ms. Kyler's class practice their yoga poses!
Welcoming our Panthers to the 100th day of school! Love my job even more than the 1st day!
Our kinder students lead the school through Dancing The Decades on 100th day of school!
Our kindergarten Panthers showing off their 100th Day of School ribbons!
Our Panthers are so creative! A picture & bookmark gifted to me by one. Very cool.
The amazing Ms. Swingle reads a true story about pets at W.A.R.P. Wed. Assembly!
Thanks to the American Heart Association for speaking to our Panthers about heart health!
Shoutout to 1 of our 2 amazing Pillow counselors, Ms. Hendricks! We are #AISDproud to have your support!
Had a blast at Pillow Spirit Night at Playland Skate! So many Panther families made it out!
Some of our awesome Pillow 1st graders having fun at Spirit Night!
Our Pillow staff & students are #AISDproud to #atxgored #AISDWearsRed!
Ms. Rech's 5th graders share book reports at W.A.R.P. Wednesday Assembly!
Thanks to Seton for presenting to our Pillow parents at our Parent Coffee.
Thanks Principal David Dean for sharing the great programs Burnet MS has at our Parent Coffee!
Thanks to Burnet MS for presenting on the Family Resource Center to our Pillow Parent Coffee!
Shoutout to the other half of our amazing Pillow counselor duo, Ms. Brookhart! Thanks for all you do!
Jump Rope For Heart Begins
Last Week For Kinder-2nd MOY Primary Reading Assessment
2/9/16 - Tue
Mardi Gras Breakfast Provided By PTA
8:00am - 12:00pm - Y. Cardenas Out
3:00pm - 4:00pm - CST Meeting
5:00pm - 7:00pm - Parent Info Night At Burnet MS
2/10/16 - Wed
11:00am - 12:30pm - 2nd Grade Field Trip
3:00pm - 4:00pm - Optional TELPAS Calibration Practice
3:30pm - 4:30pm - Baby Shower
2/11/16 - Thur
All Day - B. Hill Out
8:30am - 10:00am - Y. Cardenas Out
1:30pm - 2:15pm - 2nd Grade Dental Presentation
2/12/16 - Fri
Last Day To Enter Kinder-2nd MOY Primary Reading Assessment Data
I Love Reading Day
8:15am - 8:55am - Storyteller 3rd-5th
9:05am - 9:45am - Storyteller K-2nd
10:00am - 10:25am - Storyteller PK
10:40am - 1:00pm - Valentine's Day Lunch
2/14/16 - Sunday
Happy Birthday Ms. Deshay
2/15/16 - Mon
Parent Conference Due