Each week Ruth Ayres extends an invitation to share and celebrate events, big or small, from our week.
My summer officially started this week, and that is a cause for celebration. But a part of me did not want that celebration to begin because it meant I had to say goodbye to a special group of students.
Two years ago I made the decision to leave 4th grade and take a 6th grade position at our middle school. At the end of that year, I said goodbye to a wonderful class. It was a year filled with "specialness" and one of those years that every teacher dreams of having. Knowing that I could have the opportunity to teach them again as 6th graders made saying goodbye a little bit easier.
Last fall when I received my class rosters, I was thrilled when I saw most of my 4th graders on that list. It is special when a teacher has "that" class, but to have them for a second time was serendipitous.
It has been so much fun watching them learn and grow as students again in my classroom, but it has been a privilege watching them become young people. They are smart and kind and funny and talented. I am proud of who they have become, and I look forward to watching them move on.
I know teachers are not supposed to have favorites, so I will just say they occupy a little extra space in my heart.
Saying goodbye a second time did not make it any easier on Wednesday. But I know my life has truly been blessed because they have been a part of it. I am proud to have been their teacher...twice!
|My 4th Graders
|My 6th Graders