It's about this time of year that I hope all my little ants are indeed marching to the beat of the classroom. They know where to put their papers as well as are well-versed in all our classroom rules. And if they perhaps, miss a beat they are confident enough to figure it out. It's also this time of year that I am reminded that I teach first grade and Lord, love my little guys, I always have one or two little ants who not only can't find the beat, they can't find their glue stick. "What page are we on? I don't have that page in my book? It's not there!" Invariably, the page, glue stick, pencil or book is indeed right there. My goal is to help my little ants find their way, to be problem solvers and solution seekers. You can often hear me saying, "Well, it didn't walk out the door so what can you do next to solve the problem?" (Of course, it would be my luck if ants truly did carry it out the door!) Life will be full of twists and turns and I want my firsties to be confident in their ability to try and keep trying without giving up. So I created a little card that goes on the desk as a reminder to keep going. Hope you might be able to use it, too.