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by becky on June 3, 2012

That’s all I have left with my 2011-2012 goobers. It is SUCH a bittersweet feeling. I honestly feel like it was just yesterday that I was helping Nicole and Melissa paint, or that Melissa and I were the only fools at school the Sunday before school started. Now I’m saying goodbye to a whole new group of friends I’ve spent the last 9 months with. Here is a break down of some of the highs and lows of the school year.

Lows:

Endless meetings. When you have a high-anxiety class and you are being pulled out for constant meetings, administrators forget how hard it is to keep everyone calm and comfortable. I can’t tell you how many days I had to do damage control because of crazy subs who upset my classroom dynamic.

Coming back from a long weekend where a school carnival was held. This was the first year that activities were put in the classroom. I was SOOO nervous. I mean, I have (honestly) thousands of dollars worth of materials I have bought and/or made. I came back to stains, broken furniture, and this:

I do have to say, my kids were AMAZING when they saw this. They walked into the classroom and didn’t say a word. They knew I was upset. They were upset. They felt like someone violated their room. We pulled together as a team, cleaned it up, and then a few kids decided that if we ever have to have events in our classroom, they are going to take shifts to “watch” that everyone is respectful. Can you say Love? Truly.

Highs: (In no particular order)

My sweet class throwing me a surprise “Pink” birthday party. They had been planning it for a few weeks before the day of. I kept messing up their plans because of the endless SpecEd meetings and trainings I kept getting pulled out of class for. They made it work, and I felt incredibly loved. These were the delicious cupcakes we ate.

Getting my teammate back. RIF smif, she was a good sport, re-interviewed for her rightful job position and hands down, was the star of the interview show. I’m just thankful and grateful to have this amazing teacher (and friend) working next door to me. I feel like you can get through anything as long as you have one other person on your side. Dannie, Thank You for being such a supportive teammate and friend this year. I honestly couldn’t have survived without you. (P.S.- Dannie, we need to take a new picture, lol)

Getting to know these 24 amazing children who have changed my life. They make have given me gray hairs (our class joke) but I would NOT change our memories for anything. I love each and every one of them and will truly miss them when they become stinky 5th graders. (another class joke). Here we are ringing in the new year!

I’m getting pretty choked up writing this. I know they will take the lessons that I taught them (both academically and socially) and do great things in their lives. I feel special that I was able to be their 4th grade teacher. There are no other students I would have chosen for my 2011-2012 school year. 🙂

 

 

 

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Miss R June 5, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Reading over your highs and lows of the year made me a little emotional. I had a class for two years ( a 2nd and 3rd grade loop). These kids were exhausting but we had a special chemistry that made us a family that looked out for each other. I too had a thousand meetings and hated leaving them ith a sub who didn’t know how to overlook things and made them feel bad. I understand how you feel and I will miss my own little goobers.

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Becky June 6, 2012 at 1:07 am

Thanks for your sweet comment! I can’t imagine saying goodbye to a group of kids I had for 2 years. Good luck with your new goobers! 🙂 -Becky 🙂

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Ann June 16, 2012 at 5:56 am

Hey Becky
I LOVE the Team Furlan! I’m using that next year! I’m your newest follower. I can tell you really love to share ideas. You have great ideas. I found your blog and the name stood out- I love it. Come visit me sometime!
Ann
The Caffeinated Classroom

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