“A good opening and a good ending make for a good film provided they come close together.” Federico Fellini
Today, I’ll close the door on another exciting year of teaching. I plan to lock the door, but I’ll be keeping the keys!
As each year comes to a close, I like to think about the things I’ve learned.
I really love to teach. This year, I had the great privilege of working with a sweet student teacher. She was fantastic! What did I learn in that experience? I really love to teach. Each day of watching someone else teach my class was more difficult than the day before. Investing in another person is important, but I learned that teaching is what I do best.
Each group is different. Each class has a set of dynamics. Students respond to teaching differently. This year, I got an interesting combination of children. All together, we made up a unique bunch. I adjusted my teaching to the way they like to learn.
Each year, I’m different. Last year, I started teaching after a bout of pneumonia, and this year, I had my second senior. I got to go to an exciting conference, and I tried several new teaching strategies. What I love about teaching is that I get to learn as much or more than my students do.
I’m told I’ll be getting my new class list soon. Frankly, I’m terribly excited. Each year holds new challenges, and I love a challenge. As I close the door on this school year, my hope is that I’ve ended well.