For the past four years I have been a pre-kindergarten and kindergarten teacher. I truly enjoyed both of these grades. I got to be the one who taught my students their alphabet, numbers, shapes, colors, months, days, high-frequency words, cvc words, spelling and the list just goes on and on. I was the one who introduced them to the idea of learning and my goal was to have them fall in-love with learning and become life long learners.
I have several friends who teach at the secondary level… Over the past few years I’ve seen posts on FB of them with their students at their high school functions and even their graduations. They seem so proud of their students and they should be! However, I secretly feel discouraged and a little jealous… I will have to wait 8 more years to see my first group of kids graduate. Will they even remember me? Will I be invited to their graduations parties? Probably not.
This year I began a new adventure in my career, third grade! It didn’t hit me until the middle of the summer….I would be teaching the students I thought in kindergarten four years ago! How exciting!
I have completed my first week back with students today and it was a success! I know each and everyone of my students (from kindergarten). They are sweet as can be and to my surprise were even more thrilled than I was to find out they were in my class, again. I even got a few first day of school gifts from them 🙂 one of my boys told me secretly that he has wanted to be in my class again since kindergarten. This seriously melted my heart!
This week was full of ice-breaker activities, rules and procedures as well as assessments to see where they are academically. This is where I got to see the fruits of my labor. My sweet babies are excellent spellers 🙂 I would like to think I had something to do with that. After all, I did teach them their letters and sounds. It was such an awesome feeling to see MY kindergarten babies being so successful.
So, I may not be at their high school graduation, they may not remember my name but, I had the honor and privilege of being their teacher not once but twice! I also had the chance to witness the fruits of my labor in action. I am feeling super blessed right now 🙂 I can’t wait to see what this year holds… It’s going to be a great year in room 211!
Here is to an amazing school year 2015-2016, here we go!