So it has finally come, the end of another school year. I look at my little first-soon-to-be-second graders and wonder, "where has the time gone?" I had such great plans for the 07-08 year...did I manage to get to them? to get close to them?
I gotta admit, it is a burden....22 little ones. Their parents have entrusted me with them for 8 hours a day....did I do enough? How can I do better next year? Was I the model of calmeness or the one of insanity for these past 172ish days? CAN THEY READ???!!!
Monday, I took some time from my conference period and attended our 6th grade "graduation"....so many of those kids had been mine so long ago....hold on there!!!! It seems like I had them in my class just yesterday....I turned around to get a Teacher's Edition and now they are in 6th grade....!!! Already? Did I set a good example? What will they remember me for? CAN THEY READ????!!!
As I saw my former students cross the stage I cried...not racking sobs, but there were tears....parents who saw me came for hugs and pictures...."Do you remember when..." was said over and over again by them....and as for me...what could I say? I hugged them back...and asked, "CAN YOUR CHILD READ???"
Then I went around the cafeteria and found as many of my kiddos as I could. I took their face in my two hands and looked into their eyes hoping for some words of wisdom to come out of my mouth...."Have a good life, and I expect invitations to your jr. high, high school, and college gradutations". " Come back and visit me." "Of course I remember when...." I love you too", "No, you are never to old to hug me".
Thus another year is done....it was harder this year than other years....and I will reflect on whether I will return the next year or go back to my former carreer....and as I have done every year, I will go on the lookout for more folders....because who am I kidding? I just love this job....