Today was the last day of classes, and frankly, it was pretty anticlimactic. I had a couple unpleasant encounters with students that made me forcefully remind myself that I am not a bad teacher, but I didn’t exactly bring my A game today, and neither did a couple of them. That’s okay. We’re all human.
So now it’s time to reflect back on the year that was.
I was so terrified in September that I’d made a horrible mistake choosing not to reapply for my learning coordinator position. I missed my friends at the board office; I missed my friends at my old school, and I felt like an outsider at my new school. I’ve never been very good at making friends and I pretty much buried myself in my work for the first few months. Now I work out with a group of teachers after school, and I’ve gotten to know the lovely ladies with whom I share a cramped and woefully unairconditioned office. And I’m delighted to find out that the other half of my brain, Heather, will be working in the same town as me next year. Look out St. Thomas!
If I were to chart my highs and lows over the year, you’d see a big spike of anticipation and enthusiasm at the end of August that started to fall quite shockingly in September. Then it began inching its way back up in December, only to plunge down again in February. Now, I’m riding pretty high. The ideas I was so enthusiastic about last summer have now been validated and I’ve learned that although it was the immediate gratification of being in the classroom I missed last year, the best things that happened to me took a long time to come to fruition.
I don’t want to run the risk of duplicating the ideas I wrote about in my end of semester blog post, so instead I’ll keep it short and sweet and say ditto. And then some.
I made some mistakes this year, and I still have a lot to learn, but I am excited to continue the journey.
Thank you to everyone in my PLN for your support this year. And thanks especially to my friends and family, particularly my dad who sent me a text last week saying “I always say my biggest contribution to education is you.” That’s awesome.