I love baseball movies and one of my favorites is Field of Dreams. “Build it and they will come” is a refrain that runs though the movie and through my head in the late days of August and early days of September. In the movie, Ray Kinsella transforms a cornfield into a baseball diamond and steps back to await the miraculous.
In August I come into the classroom. The echo of emptiness is the only sound as I get to work. I have my own “cornfield” to transform! By the first day of school the pencils are sharpened, the room is filled with books on every level, and stacks of clean paper await new writers. Each name tag is a promise. “Build it and they will come.” Like Ray Kinsella, I stand back and await the miraculous.
On September 2 they came! We have had a great first week. I feel so lucky to be with such a group of wonderful children and enjoyed meeting you! We are all extremely fortunate in our student teacher, Ms. Abbie Radcliffe. She adds talent and warmth to our classroom.
This year on September 2, I was reminded once again that “it” is not really built yet. The real building has just begun– the children will build this experience with Ms. Radcliffe and me. What we build will be rich and transforming. Like Ray Kinsella, I know there will be miracles. Stand back and watch with me as these children take their place in a community of readers, writers, poets, scientists, and problem solvers. It won’t always be easy. The leap from second grade to third grade is huge, but they are well prepared and will adjust to the rigor. It is on this field that they will learn to step up to the plate while we coach and cheer them on.