ILASCD Journal

Summer 2019

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Whole Child Stephanie J. Kaye Reflections from the Applicant… I'm sitting here trying to come up with some fun and fancy title for this article about winning the IL ASCD's Whole Child Award. I'm also now realizing that when I teach "coming up with creative titles" to my 8th graders, it really is much harder than it seems. Essay writing is supposed to be my thing, and yet, this "assignment" for myself is also much harder than I expected… My intentions were to sit here and type up all the cool things my district does and why [I think] my school was chosen as the Whole Child winner. But I'll be honest, what keeps coming back to me is something that I shared on my Facebook page the day I found out we won. Some of that post is below. It was really written for my fellow teachers and administrators, but it can be applied to every other teacher and school out there who has at one time felt defeated, burned out, and just wanted to give up... "I received a phone call yesterday and an email follow up with the amazing notification that I won an award from the IL ASCD for recognizing that we teach our students as though they're more 'than just a test score.' And it couldn't have come on a more impactful, better day. It's my 13th year teaching and I've been feeling burned out lately. Drained. Questioning whether this profession is still right for me. Tired. Exhausted. Considering the want to be a stay-at- home mom and be home with my son. SUMMER 2019 | VOLUME 65 | NUMBER 2 | PAGE 20

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