Oh my God, I actually just taught (almost) a whole year of 7th grade! I’m using exclamation points here but it hasn’t exactly set in yet. I don’t think it will actually set in for a while, though my first thought when I woke up this morning was how sad I was (this was literally the exact opposite emotion I thought I would be having, as I was almost crying tears of joy on the drive to school yesterday). These kids were rough sometimes, but clearly I enjoyed teaching them more than I thought I did
School was a half-day so I went out to lunch with some friends from work, and it was sentimental because the 7th grade ELA and Science teachers are taking elementary school positions next year. I was very close with both of them so I’ll miss them a lot next year. Then for dinner, Stephen and I went to Alcove (my favorite restaurant) because I had been picturing it in my head for weeks as the place I wanted to go to celebrate finishing the year. Crab cake sandwich and beer, mmmm.
A bunch of the kids had written me thank you cards, which made me very sentimental. I don’t have a picture of them with me, but I plan on putting them up on the wall near my desk next year to remind me that even with rough times, I can have really good relationships with students, and also that they may like me more than they let on. I also took a class picture of each class right before I dismissed them, which was a wise decision. I’m glad that my last real memory of these cohorts is their quiet, smiling faces! 😉
I also have to say thank you to all of my readers for keeping up with my progress this year and all of your encouraging words ❤