Students in my first group usually begin trickling into my classroom between 7:40 and 7:45 and this group of third graders always provide a great start to the day. They are four delightful children who find a way to put a smile on my face and our time together always seems to fly by. If I could, I would keep them all day!
This morning, however, I had an IEP meeting scheduled during their intervention time, so I had to send them back to their regular classroom before heading to the meeting. One student asked me if all of the teachers were going to the meeting and I told him that there would only be a few teachers at the meeting. He shouldered his backpack and before he exited my classroom said, “Have a good meeting!”
Now, I’m lucky that meetings at my school are positive experiences. Child Study, Eligibility, and IEP meetings are opportunities for us to put our heads together to figure out what we need to do to support our students who are struggling. We have an amazing team that includes the principal, classroom teachers, specialists, paraprofessionals, and parents who work together during these meetings. So, although I knew that I was going to have a good meeting, hearing that child say that made me smile. Before my kids leave my classroom, I always tell them to have a good day, so it was nice to be the recipient of a similar sentiment!