With my job I travel quite a bit. I was recently out-of-town for four nights. On the way home I started anticipating the disaster area my house would resemble. I walked through the front door and immediately notice the smell, looked at the sink and saw dishes with mold on them. I was grossed out to say the least! I set off cleaning the mess without stopping to notice the state of the rest of the house. If I had been a bit more observant I would have seen that ALL of the laundry was done. This is a big deal in my house where we tend to fill very traditional male/female roles. My husband had washed, dried, folded and put away all of our laundry. But I was so caught up on the dishes that I didn’t notice the laundry.
This is often the case in our classrooms. We get a kid in on day one who can’t read, write, do math, sit still, etc. As educators we are focused on the BIG picture. The massive number of standards we must meet. The BROAD skills we are required to cover. At semester we assess and find that they still can’t do these skills. Then at the end of the year we feel they still have not accomplished these major skills. But are we overlooking the small skills. Do we always take time to notice the narrow skills that aren’t always measured by the standards?
I’m challenging you; don’t miss the laundry because you’re focused on the dishes. ☺