As a teacher, the end of the year can often be a stressful time. You’re trying to be there for the students, but also get ready for next year. There’s always last minute decisions that need to be made, paper work to finish, and in my case this year, room changes and grade changes as well. It’s easy to get caught up in everything that needs to get done, and forget that the year isn’t over yet.
This year, I’ve made a real effort to be here now for my students until the very last day of school. I’m very excited about my grade change for next year, but I’m also going to miss my time down in Grades 1 and 2. I have an incredible class of students and parents, and saying “goodbye” to them this week is going to be a very hard thing to do. So I’m going to enjoy my time with my fantastic group until the very last day of school.
I’m going to remember to take the time to really stop, watch, and enjoy the little things in life that make me love teaching. Last week, I had great reminders of these “little things”:
1) There was watching this video that two of my students recorded when I had some visiting teachers from the Halton Catholic District School Board. I love seeing just how much my students have grown as thinkers and learners. It’s great to hear them explain what they’re doing and why they’re doing it. It’s wonderful how they’re independently solving problems as they arise, and helping each other throughout the process. My goal as a teacher is to have independent, self-sufficient learners, and these students are definitely that!
2) There’s seeing my students cheering when they’re going to guided reading, or having literacy centres, or working together during math centres. They are happy and excited to learn together, even though there’s only four days left of school. The fact that they get this thrilled about school also makes me thrilled! Students should want to learn, and these students do!
3) There’s watching one of my students with autism walk up on the stage on her own during the Primary Choir Performance, and sing and dance along with her friends. With no preparation for this, she went and did what the other students did, and she sang every word and performed every action. Wow! I couldn’t have been prouder. I only wish that I had a camera with me at the time to record this remarkable moment!
For the teachers out there, what are the little things in life that make you love teaching? For the parents out there, what are the little things in life that make your children love school? I think that we all need to take a minute to appreciate these little (big) things!