Here we are, a month into school and at the end of the day I drop into a chair in the school office while sighing with relief. I adore the kids in my class, I really do. They are so wonderful, each in their little person ways. Yet, I am terrified about all that I haven’t gotten to. I look around at how some teachers are ahead of me by whole chapters. These students are a chatty, chatty, wild little bunch; I spend half the day bringing their attention back to the lesson. Then I read the tale of a teacher in the The Sisters weekly tip. She talks about trying little by little to have her students work independently and when she “turned her back” for just a second, the class became unglued. It really helped me! It let me know, it is not just my class. I will get them there and I will catch up. I look forward to them working independently and maybe then I can begin small group and individual work again!