The not so obvious changes are those that have taken place in our discussions or in small group work. Hearing those who used to be reluctant writers explain the importance of taking some time to plan AND what to do when planning a new character gives me goosebumps. Watching a student take on the challenge of two by four-digit division, meet the challenge AND help his friends understand how to do solve the same question brings happy tears to my eyes. I overheard a student say "ugh.. multiplication" and when I asked him what was going on, he said he just wanted to get back to division! I laughed and reminded him when he said the same thing about division.
No only are they the "big kids" at LCS now, but they know how to help themselves and how to explain (most of the time even find on their own) what they need to be successful. I am so thankful to have had the pleasure of getting to know each of your children this year not just as learners, but as athletes, artists and friends. I hope each of the students had as much fun as I did this year and it certainly will not be an easy year to put to bed on Tuesday.