If you are like me, when we then end of the year is near you have a bitter-sweet feeling. This year it is especially bitter since I am changing grades this year. Next year I will be teaching only 7/8th graders. The past 5 years I have taught 3-8th graders. So I will be loosing several students for some years before I see then again in class.
Next week, is the last week, that I will hold classes. I will go through my annual class picture and some end of the year routine stuff with them, but this year it seems so final. I have put so much time building relationships with my students. I have enjoyed so many memories with them over the past several years. I enjoyed my classes this year, and I know they have had fun, and learned a lot as well.
I do have a few regrets. One that I didn’t take enough pictures. I try to do many cool projects or activities with my students and I try to make a photodocumentary of the year. I want to allow my students to look back and see all they have done. I set up a flickr account that my students can see and look back upon. Another regret that I have is that I didn’t so case my students work enough. Normally, I do a big showcase in one of the halls, but this year it got away from me. I hope that I can do better next year.
A few things that I think I did well this year is I is my communication with parents. I kept a class blog that had different things we were working on, and several posts about things that I thought were important. I also kept a class website that was more descriptive about what we were doing, reminders of things coming up, and a few other things. I thought I had a pretty good turn out for both parent/teacher conferences. (I want to thank the parents for that. It’s because of you it was a success.)
I want to thank the parents for supporting our Gifted Program. I want to thank the administrators for stepping up and seeing that this is an important program. I hope to have some new things in the works for next year to make our program even better.