Nearing the end of the fast paced, often crazed, multi-layers of multitasking…planning and grading, teaching and re-teaching…what is it that kids remember of their school year with you? What do they find meaningful and lasting from your time together?
It’s worth stopping to see, because it’s the glue that holds all the rest together.
I had that opportunity when Mrs. Patterson, a retired teacher, took over my 5th grade class when I went to a meeting. She had my students write me a thank you/memory letter. And just what is it that really made an impact after our nine months together? The hours spent putting together that cool project? Those math lessons taught three different ways until they all got it? No…my black boots with the blue zippers!
Here is one comment pulled from each letter.
- I like when you freak out when something good happens.
- You are not grumpy, like if someone says a word to you, you won’t shout “GET BACK TO YOUR SEAT!!!”
- I still remember the bunch of times you said, “I can’t follow you around your whole life.”
- You played a huge role in teaching us how to be good human beings and the ways that we can do that.
- I truly didn’t even know what a web 2.0 tool was before this year.
- You aren’t so quiet and boring. You are kind of loud actually.
- I think that you are funny, and I love that about you.
- I let my brain run free and have a say!
- You know how to keep people going, and you don’t give up on yourself. I never gave up because of you.
- You always make it seem like we are a team
- I loved watching Carl on CNN Student News.
- You always like to swing at recess.
- I love being able to do stuff that my sister, brother, dad, and mom can’t do on the computer!
- You are very funny, but in a good way. Thanks for making us laugh.
- Our classroom feels like home to me.
- I love blogging, can we still do it over the summer too?
- You have great taste of style! I love your black boots with the blue zippers.
- I don’t know about you, but I’ve never heard of some of the places in the world that we worked with or skyped.
- Even though you won’t be there personally, you will always be with me.
- Well, I only have a minute to gather my life and get to the bus so…THANK YOU!
- Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.
Does knowing this help me with all of the work ahead for next year? No…but it sure puts things in perspective. You may want to give it a try before they’re gone for the year.
A re-post from last year.