It has been so helpful and cathartic to share my thoughts and feelings over the last few weeks, especially with it being so difficult at work. The end of the school year is always a tricky time; teachers moving classes, children moving classes and taking down the colourful work that makes each classroom so unique. However this year I have had the additional emotions go year 6's who are leaving our happy school, after 7 long and fruitful years. They were understandably upset, and I was sad to see them go.
What a wonderful bunch of children they are too; so many gloroious presents from them (we teachers in y6 paid for them to go bowling - we all had a wonderful happy time). What an incredibly lucky teacher I am, they have all been so generous, thoughful and personal in their choices.
Handmade key rings too, in all my favourite colours. ;-)
I feel very lucky, appreciated and happy to have made such a lovely impression on those children's lives. I know they will go on to be successful if they want to. Teachers get such a bad press, and many many of them are truly dedicated to their work and do it very well. When you consider that people entrust their children to us for 6 hours a day, 5 days a week, we have a huge responsibility to fulfil in teaching them the nuts and bolts of the curriculum. But, we also need to ensure they enjoy learning and become learners for life, not just the content parts, but the interaction, social and emotinal aspects of life. I'lll get off my soap box now - I am just so passsionate about being a teacher and a learner myself.
My friend and colleague S, got me a fantastically inspirational book, Chicken Soup for the soul which has some wonderfully uplifting stories and thoughts on life and love. I enjoyed starting it and dipping in, whilst having my •super delish• version of my salad for lunch on Saturday, in the glorious hot weather again.
This made me cry - Thank you for helping me grow!! I love my job.
Now time to recharge those batteries and get next years topics planned (no 6 weeks holidays for me - or any other teacher!)
I might squeeze in a little trip to Rome with Big J and LIttle J whilst E is busy doing work things to earn money for College in September.
See you later! xx