Yesterday was such a hectic day at school that at the end of the day Sayenne and I decided to have the "meeting" at the coffee shop downtown. We usually have a 20-30 minute debriefing of observations at the end of our day and we skipped it yesterday opting to let the day rest in oblivion. Today was just another variety of crazy day (I will one day write a thesis on the many flavors of crazy that are possible in a Montessori classroom on an "off" day) and considering we had our fun yesterday we not only looked over today's, but also yesterday's observations.
Going over our observations it was clear that both days were not complete fiascoes. Not bastions of work and concentration either, but there were some brilliant moments in the day, some great works, some concentration, and lots of funny quotes. I am so pleased with both of us that in our notebooks at least, we are able to note the positive aspects of the day even while we were feeling a blanket of anarchy descending on the room.
I was reminded of the importance of neutral observation, of writing just what you see, of how interesting what we choose to focus on is, and how healing it is to go over the notes at the end of a not so good day and realize it was not all that bad.