Remember back in July when you began thinking about this school year - the plans, the things you were going to do different, the fun activities, etc. And then came August and it was time to get ready for your sweet angels. You spent time and money setting up your classroom getting it ready to welcome your new students and parents. Some of you kept it simple, while some of you created a classroom Pinterest worthy.
Well, now its that time of the year. The time when even though school isn’t over, our students, along with ourselves, are DONE! Why? Well, lets see… while we are supposed to continue teaching and maintain classroom discipline, we have assessment to complete, EOG’s to oversee/proctor, field day, end of the year programs and gradation, parent meetings, IEP meetings, end of the year celebrations, and so much more! Plus, our students are busy with ball practice, ball games, and recital practices. And with the nice weather they want to stay outside and play in the evenings, so they are staying up later. Therefore, they come in tired, grumpy, and half asleep. Even our classrooms are done! The posters and charts that were so carefully hung at the beginning of the year are now falling off the wall. (My saying is, “When things fall off the wall then it time for the school year to be over.”)
However, it’s not completely over yet. So, we will continue to greet our students with smiles, continue to pile unexpected things to our already overflowing plate, and do what we must to get what seems impossible completed. And, on that last day of school, after the students leave, we will collapse – exhausted and thankful. But we all know that in just a few short weeks (or maybe even in a few days) we will begin preparing for the next school year and do it all over again.
A teacher’s life isn’t easy, nor is it always rewarding, but it is our calling. And, even when we are “done” we continue to the end, never stopping, never giving up, and never forgetting the lives we are touching.
After teaching in North Carolina for 30 years, I moved to the UAE to teach. Over my teaching career I have seen the classroom go from being an engaging hands-on environment, to one filled with worksheets, testing, and data. Let's get back to making learning fun!
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