A Year in Review
As I have mentioned, this year has been quite trying. In 11 years of teaching, it is tied with 03-04 as the hardest year of my career. I’m exhausted and so glad that today was the last day of school. As students cried and I hugged them goodbye, twinges of missing the kids hit me. Even though a few of them drove me crazy and, at times, their behavior was quite frustrating, they all have a special place in my heart because they are all sweet kids. There were a lot of rough spots this year, but looking back, also a lot of great times and accomplishments.
Several of my students struggled so much with writing when the year began. As the year progressed, linking writing with art was just the push these kids needed. These kids left today with a love of writing.
Once state testing wrapped up, teaching the test format was replaced with some fun activities which, although weren’t tested, were beneficial nonetheless.
“Jack and the Beanstalk” musical theatre.
Field Day Games
And at a school where the families are not terribly involved, the best part of the last day of school was the handwritten notes and gifts I received from some appreciative parents and kids. Even if I didn’t feel like I was very effective this year, at least someone did.
“More tests”? Testing has really become too much when the kids start thanking you for teaching more tests.
After a fairly successful school year, it is finally over. Vacation starts riiiiiiiiigggggghhhhhtttttt NOW!