It's the little things

Today was difficult. I have a few extremely disruptive kids (okay, I have one extremely disruptive kid and his peanut gallery), and they seemed to be on a roll today. I was getting far, far too involved in quieting them down, and I was ignoring the rest of my class (which is really quite good and generally works hard). One girl was brave enough to burst through the "evil teacher eye" to ask me a question though, and she was enough to refocus my energy on the teaching and not the corraling of cats that is middle school discipline. Top that off with one student (completely coincidentally) choosing one of my favorite poems to imitate for Writer's Workshop, and my bad mood was tempered.

I just have to remember to focus on the learning--luckily, my kids are good at reminding me of that!