Everyone says that you'll always remember your first class and group of students. I knew my first year of teaching would be special, but I never could have imagined the amazing bonds and relationships that I would have established this year.
This group of kids is special beyond words and unforgettable. My heart is so full with love for each of them. I never could have imagined everything this year had in store for me. This group challenged me, taught me, and made me grow in so many ways. We overcame challenges together, learned together, and became the best team I could have asked for. But the best thing they did, they made me laugh and smile every single day. They have brought so much joy to my life and my heart feels ten times larger now. I will miss all of the humor, kindness, and talents more than I can describe. (I might even miss their fart jokes.) So many tears were shed saying goodbye to this group, but they have such bright futures ahead of them and I can't wait to see them continue to succeed!
Is it just me or is everyone sad about the school year coming to an end? I always pictured myself as the teacher who would have an interactive countdown in the classroom for summer, but I am pretending that it isn't happening. If I ignore it, I won't have to say goodbye to my kids, right?! Any time I think about the school year ending I get so sad and sentimental. I don't want to say goodbye to my kiddos. Can they be in my class forever?
Instead of doing a countdown (because seriously we don't talk about summer in here), I decided to do a fun activity every day that has to do with the school year. We have done a few activities from Amy Lemon's End of the Year Engagement activity pack from TPT. My students and I have had so much fun with these activities. Today we all made emojis that described how we felt about this school year. Yesterday, we had a bubble gum blowing contest. It was so funny watching students try to blow a bubble, and it was even more fun watching them get so excited when they finally got it!
Small activities like this with minimal expectations are always so fun. I love getting to see my students do activities that help them bond with their peers while also having fun and trying new things! (And yes, we're all still pretending this school year isn't coming to an end.)
Hi! My name is Mikaela, and I am currently in my second year of teaching second grade. I am working at a Title I school with a diverse population of learners.