After school today, I was talking to a parent of one of my students from six years ago. Just as she was leaving, I mentioned that I would see her tomorrow morning at our Rain Barrel Sale. I said that I might need to leave around noon though, as I really need to start working on report cards. I’m not really the procrastinating type, but I’m finding it hard to get started on these report cards. As I was talking to this parent today, I realized why.
I don’t want the year to end. Don’t get me wrong. I love the summer break. A break is good for the students and the teachers as well. We all need time relax, reflect, and get ready for a new year. But as the school year comes to an end, I realize everything that I’m going to miss about this year. I start to think about my students, and what they were like on the first day of school, and what they’re like now. I see the growth in them both socially and academically, and I get a little lump in my throat when I realize that they’ll be moving onto Grade 2 and Grade 3 next year.
So I’m not counting down. I’m going to spend the next month enjoying my time with my wonderful class. I’m going to appreciate all of the laughs, remember all of the conversations, and celebrate in all of the learning that June has to offer. Here’s to a terrific month and a terrific end to a terrific year!