Caroline in the Delta

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Apr 17 2012

Tiny things.

  • My classroom copy of Holes doesn’t have a cover. The pages are crinkled, and the spine is masking taped together. I gave it to Brax when he told me he didn’t like The Hunger Games as much as he expected. Every morning, every afternoon, the first student silent reading: Brax. The first to quietly take out and put his book away when asked: Brax. The student who, knowing he works a bit slower, consistently peers around me to the Smartboard as soon as I write, and who almost imperceptibly asks the girl next to him for the notes when I move to quickly: Brax.
  • Pop Tab Pandemonium is a big pop tab collection the Little Rock Ronald McDonald House puts on annually. Last year no one in my school headed it up, but two years ago it happened. Because of the history, all my students brought in piles of pop tabs, milk jugs full of them, sitting in the corner of my room. This year, my principal asked if I was interested in organizing it. After some pretty lazy work on my end, the contest ended. We gathered about 113 pounds of pop tabs total. I can’t gauge if that’s a lot or a little, but regardless I know we can do much, much better. I’m relaying this exclusively because of the pop tab collection, which happens this Thursday in Little Rock. After some repeated emails, I got permission to take a mini bus and one other teacher to the collection, which is at the Clinton Library. We’re taking two students from each grade, 2nd-6th. “It’s like Noah’s Ark!” Yep.
  • Our next student leadership dinner is this Sunday. I invited Jikay, and couldn’t be more excited about it. This girl is, to borrow my M,TLD’s catch phrase, bomb.com. She has worked so hard this year. My most proud moment was probably when I caught her almost in a fistfight with another girl about a kite. The other girl has been incredibly hypersensitive the past two months, crying frequently in class, going stone-faced for someone accidentally touching her, yelling or snapping if asked to talk at the wrong moment. The whole grade was outside, and Jikay calmly told me precisely what happened the second I asked. She accepted the other girl’s apology with no qualms, no grudges, no snarky comment or lip smack or rolled eyes. She said, “It’s okay, really, but you can’t go hollerin at someone just because of a kite!” It sounds minor, but she said it so matter of fact, so calm, like a mother consoling an inconsolable child.
  • I’m starting an anti-bullying research paper unit, and I am absolutely pumped to make it my first unit in the 2012-13 year.

2 Responses

  1. els

    you’re incredible.

  2. Caroline! Did you know you singlehandedly keep the internets afloat with your Tiny Things???

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