The last day of school is here. How about a little free association for a moment. Just a few random words in no particular order
Already planning next year.
Gotta clean up.
Tremendously busy summer planned. (Writing, writing, writing. Speaking, speaking, speaking.)
Shorts and flip-flops.
In general, it’s hard to think when your head is cloudy… and mine clearly is right now. But I take that as a good sign in a way because, when all is said and done, at least I know that this year, while immensely hard, was also a good one for me.
Some of the things I faced were absolutely insane? (Getting spit on, for one.) But I fought through the adversity, followed through to the end with my eyes lasered in on a few core goals and I do believe I hit them.
In the midst of an absolutely terrible time for many, many, many teachers, schools, families and so on, I would have to say that I had a good year. And why? Probably because of my absolutely intractable dedication to making sure that my students learned something valuable this year. They grew as readers. They grew as writers. They grew as people. We didn’t cover everything that I had hoped – we never do – but we covered a lot. And we did it in the midst of a furious snowstorm.
Indeed, I am tired and spent… not much gas in the tank at all right now. But then again, that’s kind of how it should be, right? You want to leave it all on the table.
2009/2010 is now officially in the books. All I can really say is, “Wow.”
Of course, while school is out for the summer, school is also never far from my thoughts. Teaching is not just my vocation, it’s my avocation.
And [to borrow a phrase] that has made all the difference.