Do you ever have one of those days that seem to fly by before anything of substance happens? It's like the ribbon of a balloon slipping through your fingers and flying beyond your line of vision before you have a chance to watch it fly away.
It is raining here in the desert and I am still feeling like it is a break. I didn't work on the weekend at all and I just wasn't ready for today. Consequently, I spent most of my day prepping the Read Naturally program we are running for twenty-four third graders starting today. I was so absorbed in that I feel like I didn't even give my own class the time of day.
Here's the thing, though: they were soooo good. They were perfect angels. I gave them work to do during Math, (an hour's worth) and at some point I realized that they were all working so diligently and quietly that I had forgotten they were in the room.
I just didn't actively teach or work with students all day. I feel really bad for wasting a day. I have this class that really is a gift (if I spent one minute doing this last year, I shudder to think what would have happened), and I spent the whole day being too busy to work with them. I never even realized a whole day had slipped through my fingers until I had the thought that this felt like a teacher work day.
Well, tomorrow is a new day. I won't be so absorbed in tasks that I forget the kids--I promise!