Thursday, March 15, 2007

The End of an Era

Well, today was officially my last day of teaching. I'm not as sad as I thought I would be. Maybe after a few months it will actually hit me .

Here are some things I will miss:

The children. Their smiles, hugs, and giggles. That look on their face when they finally get something that's been given them trouble. Their gifts from the heart. The trust and respect that they placed in me. The songs that they hum while hard at work. The silly dances they do every time they hear music. The goofy things they say. The pride they glow with when they realize that they can read a chapter book.

My colleagues. The stories that they have to share. Their wisdom. Their willingness to help. The amount of energy that they pull out of themselves every single day. The way they can find the positive in a situation. The rate at which they can empty a plate of food in the teacher's lounge.

And of course this list would not be complete without some of the things I will not miss:

Paperwork. Whoever thought of bubble in forms was not considerate of our fingers.
Recess duty.
Fighting for one of the two stalls in the restroom at 7:30, 9:00, and 11:00 each day.
Having a bell ring to keep me on schedule.
Tattling.

So there you have it! The end of an era.

7 comments:

Mike and Rachel said...

tatteling by colleagues or kids. I don't miss either :)

Tara said...

I used to hate recess duty too. But now that I have to do it every day, I have actually come to enjoy it. There is a group of benches at the edge of the playground and all the teachers just pull up a seat and chat. Now that the weather is nice, I almost miss doing it when my assistant takes them out instead of me!

erin said...

I definitely miss my colleagues more than the kids, probably because I have one of my own now... and I can control his stink. (Doesn't a room full of elementary school kids stink after awhile... something I REALLY don't miss.) Anyway, think on the bright side, once you have your own kids it's kinda like having recess duty all day, everyday! What are you going to do in Washington if you're not teaching?

Mike and Rachel said...

Recess all day is exhausting. Aubrey woke up at 5am and after an hour of trying to convince her it was still night, I gave in and started our day. She usually gets up closer to 8:00. Needless to say she feel asleep in her highchair a few minutes ago and went down for an early early nap. I'm going to do the same. At least school started at the same time everyday :)

Drive safely Erin, and enjoy the journey!

The Houghton's said...

Erin,
What will you do now?
-Mindi

Tara said...

Okay guys, I'm dying for an update! How are things going? Details please.

Mike and Rachel said...

Erin, how was your interview? If you don't want to post, feel free to call :)