Although it's already been about a month since school ended, I'm just now getting around to posting about it. The end of the school year is always a little bittersweet... I love my job, but I also love having a summer vacation to re-energize and prepare for a new school year. I think one of my favorite things about teaching is that I get a fresh start each school year. I enjoy having the freedom to change things up and have a fresh start with a new group of kiddos each year.
I thought I'd take a little time to go back and reflect on how this past school year went. During the last week of school I had my students discuss and vote on the best and worst things about third grade. I figured I'd do the same thing.
- My class this past year was very needy. I had 13 boys and only 5 girls. My boys were criers. We're talking tears everyday from 8 and 9 year old boys. It was very taxing at times and I feel like a lot of time was wasted dealing with their tears. I can be a pretty sympathetic person at times, but I was totally and completely over it by the end of the year.
- I missed A LOT of school days. I'm on a lot of teams and committees with my school, which I really do enjoy, but for some reason this year it took me out of the classroom a ton. I looked back and saw that I missed a total of 24 days of school this year. 23.5 of those days were professional days and the one half day that I did take as personal was to attend a funeral. I spent soooooo many hours creating sub plans this year!
- I didn't quite feel like I was on my "A game" all year. I started out the school year on fire. I kept up with everything and really felt good about the year. That started slipping around October (when I started having to miss days and took on after school tutoring) and felt like the rest of the year I was just working to keep my head above water. I think in a lot of ways I've learned from this and know what needs to be done next year to stay afloat a bit better.
And now for the best!
- I had a really sweet class. Despite their neediness, I really did love this group of kids. It's amazing how they can completely drive you up a wall, but they're still just so sweet (and usually well-meaning) that you can't help but still love them at the end of the day.
- I loved my after school tutoring kids. Adding an extra hour to my work day is totally exhausting, but the 10 kids that I had for reading and math tutoring after school were really good kids and very hard workers. It totally made that extra hour not all that bad after all.
- I had some really supportive parents this year. With all of the needs of my students, I really feel blessed to say that I had a lot of support from parents this year. I had a few really tough kids and some of them had the kindest and most supportive parents that recognized how much I was trying to help their child succeed. Having the support of parents make such a huge difference!
Now that things are starting to settle down, I should be back into posting at least a few times a week!
What were your best and worst things about this past school year!?!