One of the hardest parts of teaching is having to say goodbye to students that have left a big impact on both our class and our hearts. This sweet girl is so amazing, and the classmate’s words of what they’d miss most about her brought me to tears. Some of their responses...
•I’ll miss your friendship and helpfulness.
•I’ll miss how you always had my back and included me when I felt down.
•I’ll miss your kindness when I needed it the most.
•I’ll miss your jokes and true friendship.
•We know you will make so many friends because you are amazing.
Every kid gave her a hug or high five on the way out because no matter what we are a team. We all should really be more like kids. Their genuine kindness and acceptance is beautiful.
The best way for students to learn something is to make it relatable and relative to their own lives. We are currently learning about common and proper nouns. We have mastered what a noun is, but we are working on being able to tell the difference between a proper noun and a common noun.
I modified this idea from Amy Lemons, and my students had a blast with this. They were each given two half sheets of paper and two index cards. Before they could write on their index card, they had to draw a picture of a common noun on one half sheet of paper and a proper noun on the other half sheet of paper. Then once their drawings were complete, they wrote a sentence for their common and proper nouns on the index card. Students had to underline their proper and common noun to prove that they knew the difference.
My students were really engaged and excited about this activity. We hung it up in the hallway so that parents could see the students' hard work during Parent/Teacher Conferences.
This past week was full of real moments that challenged me, but have reminded me why I do what I do every day. We always end our weeks with a class meeting where we share things from our week. We call this our pit and peaks!
Some of the pits really tugged on my heart strings...
Yesterday was a student's birthday, and he told me that he didn't get to celebrate much at home or bring anything to school. I asked him what he'd want to bring to school with him to celebrate and he told me vanilla cupcakes with colorful frosting (preferably Pokemon).
It was my mission last night to find cupcakes for him, and after a few strikeouts I asked the baker at Hyvee if she could add some color to the cupcakes.
When the student got to school, I told him I was sorry they weren't exactly Pokemon cupcakes but they were colorful!
His response- "That's okay, Ms. Mitchell. They're still awesome!"
Appreciate the small things in life.
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.