As the school year draws to an end, I find myself reflecting on the past 171 school days. I’m reminded of the many ways my students have shaped my year. I can’t help but smile when I think of all the humorous comments they have made and the conversations we have held together.
It always amazes me how much they grow physically, academically and socially during the course of one school year. Watching them become successful in these areas brings the highest sense of satisfaction as an educator. While I am so thankful that they have grown in these areas, I believe that the area of growth that I enjoy witnessing the most is that they have become a family.
From Day 1, I always explain to my students that they are going to spend so much time together throughout the year that they are practically brothers and sisters. I explain that they should show respect to each person in the room and they should find ways to show that they care for each other every day.
It warms my heart to see them attend to a friend that is upset or to watch them express appreciation towards one another. I will never forget this group of children that I have been blessed with the opportunity to invest in throughout this school year. They are a special group of kids and their teacher loved them for who they were when they walked in the door and will love them for who they have become as they transition from my classroom.
I wrote a poem for all of my students and have given it to them since I began teaching in 2011. Every child receives this poem before they leave my classroom. This is the best way for me to express my feelings as I reflect on my year with my students.
I started teaching because I wanted to help change lives. The more I teach, the more I find that they too are changing my life. My students challenge me to grow in so many areas. I want to be the best person I can be in their eyes because in my eyes they deserve nothing less.
Written for My Students Past and Present:
My life is different because I’ve known you
And it’s hard to see you go.
You have made my year so special
In more ways than you’ll ever know.
You’re an amazing kid and that’s a fact.
I’ve watched you learn and play.
This is how I’ll always see you
And in my memory you’ll stay.
Watching you grow has been the best!
I’m excited to see where you go.
A World-Changer is who you are.
Remember Mr. V told you so.
I’ll always be here when you need me.
I’ll always root for you.
Just know that you are loved
And I believe in you!
I’m blessed to call you my student.
Thanks for sharing this time with me.
Go out and make a difference.
Be the best YOU that you can be!
Until our paths meet again,
Remember it’s not “Goodbye!”
Instead “I’ll see you soon!”
Do “Good”, be great and fly!