I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to be in Mrs. Lacey's class this semester. She was a true inspiration and a perfect example of how to welcome families and the community in to her classroom. I cannot think of anything that I would change about my time in her class this semester!! (And I would not say that about my past fields.. ;) )
On Thursday, Lindsay and I spent our last day helping the students make Indian headdresses and Thanksgiving bracelets using patterns while Mrs. Lacey did some benchmark testing. As they began to move in to writing, they began to read together a book they had been creating over the last few days about what they are thankful for. Each SmartBoard slide said "We are thankful for our homes, we are thankful for our clothes, we are thankful for our school, etc" The last slide said "we are thankful for Miss Jennie and Miss Lindsay". Of course they all were sooo excited to show us our "surprise" they had been keeping from us all day! Each child stood up and had something to say to us and it was so genuine! Mrs. Lacey presented us with one of her favorite children's book that the whole class had signed in the front-it was so special! Lindsay and I had brought cupcakes for the class.
This experience is one I will remember forever. I remember reading one of Alison's first blogs about welcoming visitors in to the classroom and what a difference it makes. It really does not take a lot of effort to do this, but it reaches so far. Not only do adult visitors appreciate when a teacher welcomes them in, but I feel confidant the students take note as well!!