I haven't talked too much about teaching on the blog, but teaching is a HUGE part of my life. I can only remember ever wanting to be a teacher. I never wanted to be a doctor, or a veterinarian, or a lawyer. I always wanted to be a teacher. I used to play teacher in the basement on a regular basis and knew without a doubt that I would be a teacher when I grew up. Fast forward to the present and I have now been teaching for four years!
Today is the last day of school for the year, and, like I say every year, the year has flown by. I LOVE my job, and every day is a new adventure. When I think about this year, I realize how much I have grown. My class of students this year pushed me so much. I had such a wide range of learners and needs and worked my butt off to help my kiddos. I barely did anything the same this year as I did last year because that wasn't what my kids needed. It was a lot of work! I have grown so much in flexibility and patience. What I love about being able to say that is that those qualities don't just have to do with teaching. Being flexible and patient are important in life, no matter what you do. I never thought of myself as inflexible or inpatient before, but I definitely wasn't as flexible or patient as I am now! I have my unique group of 12 kiddos to thank for that.
So now it is the end of the year, and I have to say goodbye to my close-knit little class. It's always sad to see a class go, and I will really miss having these kids! Sure, they bugged me a lot, and you could frequently hear me saying "please talk to me with your normal voice" and "put the fidgets away", but they also brought such joy and laughter to my life! I can't tell you how many times this year the kids said or did something that I shouldn't have laughed at but couldn't help it, or the number of elbow high-fives I received (because somehow using our elbows instead of our hands became a thing). I taught some really special kids this year, and for that, I am entirely grateful.
Now it's time for new adventures! Next year I am making the switch from fourth grade to first grade, and couldn't be more excited! I'm sure my reflection at the end of next year will be a lot different than this one, but that's the great thing about teaching. Every year is different, and my job never gets boring.