Today marks the 170th day of school for the Memphis City School District. I can’t believe the year is almost over! My little ones are getting ready to move on to 1st grade. Join me as I take a trip down memory lane to revisit some of my fondest memories.
Teaching is a very rewarding profession. This year I have enjoyed watching my little ones as they’ve learned new concepts and progressed both academically and socially. It is amazing to know that my teaching is the foundation for their entire educational experience. Even though I’m often faced with deep responsibilities and challenges, there’s not another job I would love more than positively impacting the life of a child! It is a blessing each day to be surrounded by children who trust me with their hugs, with their sweet words, and so much more!
It seems like only yesterday that I was standing inside my classroom anxiously meeting and greeting my parents and students. The Meet and Greet gave them the opportunity to meet me and view the classroom before the school year began. This was just a small gesture, but it really helped to relieve some their anxiety and mine. I’ll never forget the faces of some of my shy little ones holding onto their parents and peeping from behind, bashfully waving a hand. Boy, does time bring about a change! Now many of those same shy students are never at a loss for words.
During my teaching experience, the first day of kindergarten has always been the hardest. After 16 years of teaching, it baffles me that I still experience the first day jitters! Each year I always take time during the summer to carefully plan for this crucial day. I’ve found that even the best plans cannot insure that things will always go as intended. So, my advice to you is: Don’t sweat the small stuff! Make the first day as fun as possible for both you and your students. Once all of your students are safely dismissed with smiles on their faces, take a deep breath and say to yourself, Job well done.
As I sit here reflecting on this school year, I can’t help but think about the many hats I wear as a teacher. Wiping noses, drying tears, and tying shoes are just some of the many tasks that fill my days. Yes, it’s true, there’s no one quite like a kindergarten teacher. We are not just teachers anymore; we take on many roles. This year I have to admit that there were times I felt I was spread too thinly over too many situations. During this time it really helped to have such a supportive team of teachers who were experiencing the same or similar situations. With their support, I was often able to turn my lemons into lemonade. Each day I also reminded myself of why I became a teacher and kept this reason close to my heart. When you’re making a difference in the life of a child, all the stress really can be worth it!
I will miss the random hugs and sweet voices of my students whispering, “ I love you, Mrs. Taylor.” I will miss finding occasional notes and poems left on my desk thanking me for being a great teacher. I will miss their smiles and laughter, which I find contagious. Perhaps above all else, I will miss their passion for life, which makes everything more exciting and fun! These simple acts of appreciation help to remind me each day that my influence is beyond what I know or can even comprehend.
What are some of your fondest memories this year? Please comment below!