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Introduction: Hello and welcome to my blog! This is the third year I have participated in the SOLSC and also the third year for my students as well! I teach students, ages 11-14, in a multi-age classroom at The Logan School for Creative Learning in Denver, CO. This year, I am hosting students from all three middle school classes and they are participating on a volunteer basis (with a few prizes thrown in for inspiration). I'm looking forward to being part of this amazing community again!
Today my daughter showed us her first portfolio from her new school; my school. We all sat together in her classroom, her two teachers on one side, two parents on the other. She sat confident and comfortable while I squirmed in the tiny yellow seat, trying not to hit my knees on the low table. The kindergarten teacher turned to Clara, opened her portfolio and said, "Are you ready to begin?"
I teach upstairs and have been through hundreds of conferences with my middles schoolers over the last nine years. But usually I have to be the one to coach and cajole, to remind and occasionally shush the parents when they don't let their kid talk. I vowed to just listen, ask appropriate questions and show my daughter I was proud during her conference.
Clara took a deep breath and spend the next twenty-five minutes reading to us about her best work, what she liked to read and write about, what things were hard for her and who were her friends. Her teachers were wonderful and clearly had a feel on her pulse as a student and a person. While I have the biased pride of all parents, I was blown away by my daughter, talking to four adults, all eagerly watching her, and doing it so well. It was special for me to be on the other side of the desk...that tiny short desk.