This was a crazy week with a lot of highs and lows. That seems to be how it goes with teaching. Moments that remind you why you’re doing all this hard work, followed shortly by moments that make you wonder why you work so hard. It’s a push and pull that you don’t have in a lot of other jobs. Luna and I have had some amazing times lately where I can see her huge, undeniable benefit.
Luna and I got to have a dance party with a student who met her goal and felt better about herself than I have ever seen in the last two years of working with her. It was an enormous win, the highest of high moments in teaching. Another high, Luna had to stay home last week because I was in meetings. Two of my most reluctant writers wrote signs/letters for Luna about missing her while she was out. It was beyond precious! Another highlight was our building DRO, Cruz, asked Luna for a hug. It’s her new skill we are working on. She loves to hug people and so we put a command to it and she LOVES it!
The lows in a school can be uncomfortable and upsetting. We had a student who was aggressive towards his family and refusing to come into the school one morning. This is a hard thing to see but he came with Luna and I as soon as we arrived on site. She’s a powerful comfort for our most vulnerable kids. The goal is to create an environment where kids want to be; and when they are at Hough, they thrive. Luna is a game changer in both of those goals for Hough and has really shown her strength as a staff member. Another low we’ve had are our students with anxiety and panic attacks. This seems to be more common in the last few years. Luna is nearly an instant relief for these kids. It’s so hard to see them so upset and out of control, but Luna can get them breathing and relaxed in less than 10 minutes. It’s incredible to watch. I just sit back and monitor, she’s incredible.
The highs and lows of teaching…Luna makes it look way too simple. 😜
Until next time,