Deep breath. Release. The school year is over now, and while I’ll be starting my summer position soon, I’m actually beginning to feel in Break mode. Now I can sit back and reflect a bit on the end of the school year. As I’ve blogged about already, both Paula and I are starting at a new school in September, and we’re not going to be teaching partners. We knew that this was a possibility — a strong one — and now we have the added challenge of extending a partnership between teams and through classrooms. This news made Thursday’s final day at Rousseau that much harder, as we really were ending an era: three wonderful years teaching together. It was as I was listening to Michelle Fawcett‘s goodbye to us in the gym that I started to think about this blog post.
Michelle’s goodbye made me think about the answer to this question, “What will you be remembered for?”
- I’m happy to be remembered as someone who stands by and with kids … always.
- I’m happy to be remembered as part of a team.
But then I started to look more closely at the goodbye notes and gifts from students, and I wondered about more possible answers to this question.
- When these children started JK, they were just learning letter-names and sounds. Now they’re ending the year, writing and reading notes such as the cards and letters below. Kindergarten was a part of this growth, and I hope that I’m remembered as someone that helped teach these amazing kids to read and write. More so, I hope that I’m remembered as someone who helped children develop a love of both.
- Inquiry is an important part of the Kindergarten Program. Over the past few years, kids have explored their interests and ignited their passions as part of our classroom program. May I be remembered as someone who allowed kids to pursue their interests, and make a difference as a result.
Thinking about these memories makes me aware of just how much impact teachers have on kids, on families, and on a community. When the year ends, what will we be remembered for? What do we want to be remembered for? There’s nothing like moving schools to make you reflect.