For many, we're coming up on report cards, conferences, end of first marking period. As you reflect on these first few months of school, what are the highlights, what makes you proud of your students, about what are you most excited and thankful? I'm in my second year of third grade after having taught eight years of grade 2. Last year was a whirlwind...juggling a new curriculum, new partners, state testing. This year, I'm in the groove. Earlier this week, my P came and asked if some visiting teachers from Asia could observe in my room. I was the only teacher on my grade level asked...I taught a writing craft lesson. My kids were great, we incorporated technology, the visiting teachers were engaged and interested. We ended the morning with a catered lunch for the visitors and host teachers. My kids told me in the afternoon that they 'felt famous because people came from another country to see how we learn'. I'm so thankful to be in a school that recognizes professionalism, gives us flexibility in instruction, and values the work that educators do.