A few days ago I signed fourteen report cards and officially promoted all my students to fourth grade. That’s a simple job, you may say. Well, it did take only a few minutes. But do you have any idea how hard it is to do this?
These children have been my universe for the last nine months. Women were not designed to give all their children away and get new ones every year.
But maybe I should count my blessings and be glad I don’t have to put up with this much craziness all summer :).
By the way, has anyone seen a stray monkey? Our collection of stuffed monkeys increased throughout the year, after our beloved pink Josephine started it all. Several people brought monkeys from home. Then someone bought two more on our field trip to Lake Tobias.The children kept up the game of hiding the monkeys in the classroom. But one poor little monkey was never found, and no one could remember where she was last hidden. So if you find a monkey anywhere, please let me know.
At the end of a school year, it’s easy for a teacher to look back with some uncertainty and to wonder, Have I done my job right? Have these children learned all that they should have learned this year? What about the mistakes I made? How have I impacted these lives? Sometimes I am terrified of the tremendous shaping power that we teachers possess. Even though these children may scarcely remember me, I know that my influence will stay with them, whether consciously or subconsciously. But God is gracious, and I rest in the confidence that these children are His, not mine.
Last week I gave my students a little worksheet with several questions about the school year. I confess that I did this mostly for my own amusement. Here are some of the questions and answers:
What were three of your favorite things about this school year?
–making butterflies in art
–doing activities in science
–playing Around the World
–jump roping double dutch
–playing with my friends
–having music with Miss Eberly
–having funny stories
–having Miss Beiler as a teacher
What is one thing your teacher often said this year?
–“I don’t know if you can, but you may.” (Yes, I can be a grammar nazi like that. But the children picked it up, thought it was a great joke, and probably said it to each other more often than I said it to anyone).
–“Get ready for math.”
–“Stop being silly.”
–“Did you forget your hearing aids?” (This was from the boy who sometimes did forget his hearing aids. On those days I had to shout to be heard).
–“That is a rhetorical question.”
It’s been a great school year, and I am thankful that I had the privilege of being part of the lives of these fourteen amazing youngsters. And now, three cheers for summer vacation!