That moment …
…when I realize that the kids I meet lined up on the stairs are actually glad to see me.
… when I watch their attention gradually shift to me, my words, my message and for a hot minute, they’re okay with that.
… when my 5th graders see themselves on video, talk about it and then go solve their team building challenge in a heartbeat.
… when I see that my kindergartners are all over the place, not following directions and having the time of their lives, and I stop them, but do so with a loving sort of roar and they get it.
… when I realize that what I have to say to them simply isn’t as important as what I will show them with my actions.
… when I realize that if I find the right words (like magic, secret, or game), Pre-K will listen a little more closely.
… when I turn my back and my kids are just fine doing their work.
… when I look at my plan on the board and toss it out the window because my students need something entirely different.
… when my 4 year old friend comes to give me a hug because he wanted to give me a hug.
… when I tell a first grader that my Tinkerbell tattoo is watching him and we reach a new understanding as a result.
… when I realize that my colleague and I have the same plan written up in separate locations without having discussed it beforehand; we are intuitively “on the same page.”
… when I realize that after 20 years of teaching, the statement “Everyone you meet knows something you don’t” is truer and more resonant than ever, especially in relation to my students.
… when I recognize that a day full of skipping, galloping, bear walks and cartwheels is more exhausting at 50 than it seemed to be at 35 and 40.
That moment is now. Good night.