6.19.2009

SCHHHOOOL'S OUT FOR SUMMMAAA!!!!!

Bittersweet. I can't believe the school year is over! What an awesome year it's been. 27 goodbyes yesterday to the the little people I've spent the majority of the past 10 months with. Unbelievable.

Last year on the last day of school I cried. I had so much anxiety in saying goodbye to my very first class- the fear of the unknown. What if I never again had such a great class? What if I couldn't top the work I'd done with them? What would it be like with brand new faces come September?

Yesterday, however, I didn't cry. While it was overwhelming watching them leave for the last time as my students, I know now that it isn't so bad. That a new group of children can come in as strangers and leave having formed a bond that will last years. And as far as missing anyone, I actually can't get rid of them:)! This year I had a group of about 10 of my students from last year who came, religiously, every single day to say good morning and another 4 who stopped by on their way out the door every afternoon. It was awesome.

With my new class came new obstacles, new rewards, new individuals who needed to be taught in ways that challenged me. Always on my toes. Never a dull moment. A hectic day was a good day. Just the way I like it.

I will take so much away from this school year. I thought outside of the box and believe I gave my students a school year they'll always remember fondly. I am so thankful that I was the one who had the opportunity to teach them.

Another reason that I may not have cried yesterday is because I'M LEAVING FOR EUROPE TOMORROW! I haven't had time to even wrap my brain around this until today! I have so much to do and I am so, so thrilled to take a MUCH needed break. I am happiest when I'm exploring, and for the next 3 weeks that's just what I'm going to do. Smell ya layta work!!

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