Saturday, August 8, 2009

The silver lining

It's been a long two weeks. The training is hard. I have to teach procedures and rules. There are lines to straighten, pencil grips to fix, and oh, the paper snow from crazy cutting. My newbies are definitely coming along though. The tears were officially gone Friday. No one tried to make an escape from the cage, no one begged me to stay for lunch, and no one told me they missed their mom. Things are looking up, but it's been a LONG two weeks and I am missing my voice to prove it. But let me tell you why it's taking a toll:
*NO aides
*NO recesses (inside does not count)
but most importantly...
*NO Emily, Ishani, Ava, Molly, Mark, Jack, Brock, Payton, Ryan, Sophie, Tyler, Shane, Talmage, Keely, Cassidy, Mia, Colby, Bella, Kendall, Rebekah, Austen, Nicholas, Malia, Jakey, or Bryan.
Yes, I miss my last year's kiddos. :( It's the saddest thing to see them in the hall and know that they are having such a great time in 1st grade, to know that they are AmAzInG and that they are not being appreciated by their new teachers (come on, no one knows all the work we put in in kindergarten).
Mostly I'm getting over it, adjusting, but Friday I had a brief conversation with one of MY 1st graders that brought a tear to my eye. As I was taking my kids to P.E. I see a line of 1st graders and of course I had to say hi. One of mine was the line leader and as she gives me a hug she told me that she had a dream about me. I asked her if it was a good dream or a bad dream and she said it was her first good dream because I was in it.
Seriously, I was verkelmpt, choked with emotion. It made my day and destroyed it all at the same time.
I'm sure she meant it was good because I was in it (naturally ;) and it was the first dream that she'd ever had with me in it, but I'm going to ignore that because I am happy to believe that it was the best dream she's ever had because of me.

Don't burst my bubble.


Tristan said...

No bubble bursting here. You truly are special and the most amazing kindergarten teacher. You are a legend in our home. Kallen was so thrilled to get to run errands to your room on Friday--i think the boys will still come visit you when they are in high school. Sorry to hear about the rough two weeks. I have 2 kids who would love to be back in your class...and one that can't wait to be in Miss. Wigby's class.

Oh and I had to giggle that your list from last year was even alphabetized. I'm always in awe of your organization. :)

Brady + Marsha said...

I hope there are more teachers around like you when Molly starts kindergarten. I'm glad this year is starting to get easier.

Candice said...

Oh, I feel your pain. I so do not miss the first month of school!

No aides? That stinks!

Anonymous said...

I bet you're the best kindergarten teacher! My Luke just started this year. His teacher is young and I'm hoping fun.