During the past two weeks there have been at least three nights where crying or sick children have awoken me around 3:00 AM. Usually when this happens I am so tired that I will fall back asleep the second my head hits the pillow. However, during these two weeks when I wake up my mind begins running and I haven't been able to fall back asleep before my alarm goes off at 5:30.
The interesting thing is that most of these early mornings as I have laid awake I have not been thinking of things that I need to do. Rather, I have found myself trying to put into words the things that I have been reading, learning, and observing in my students. I feel like I am entering a new, uncharted territory in my own thinking about education. Maybe it is that I am finally finding the practical tools to put my philosophy into practice. Maybe it is just that between my discussions with Rhonda, my book club reading, and feeling comfortable with fourth grade curriculum, I can take my thinking, and my students' thinking, to the next level. Maybe I'm just excited to be a teacher.