Thursday, June 16, 2011

Last Day Of School!

It's the last day of school!

That's actually me, not a student

I'm not going to lie, this year has been a real challenge for me. More than any other year, I've had some students give me a real run for my money, and I've struggled with fewer days in the school year to still fit in the same amount of instruction. 

But in the middle of all of those struggles, I also had some really bright moments and some really amazing students. It's been nice to cling to those when things weren't exactly going my way. 

In the YA is totally showing. My work bff gave answers based on the things we read in class, and when I saw her answers compared to mine, I had sort of a *facepalm* moment. I should have given answers based on our classroom reading, too! Well, it turns out she had a similar moment when she saw my answers and wished she would have given answers from popular books! I guess we are a good balance to each other there on the English page. 

The Great Gatsby was the last book I read with my 10th grade class, and I was completely giddy when I saw that one of my students had written quotation from the end of the book in my yearbook. It is totally something I would do, so this really made my day. 

Speaking of making my day, one of my very awesome freshmen made me this gorgeous picture. She asked me what my favorite color was (pink) and what my favorite song was (Skinny Love by Bon Iver) and she came in the next day with this for me...and it has a very touching and sweet note on the back of it. I am in love with this very special piece of artwork and I think I'm going to get a frame for it. I love it that much. 

I'll admit I'm a bit relieved that I don't have to keep some of my more challenging kids in line anymore this year, but I am always sad to see them go, challenging kids and awesome kids alike. And I will let you know right now that I will probably be getting emotional at graduation tonight! Seeing those kids in their caps and gowns when I clearly remember their very first day of high school...oh man, it makes me all misty. 

And's time for SUMMER! Two whole student-free months! To write! And sleep! And take the dog to the park! And query! (meep!)



  1. Aw! It looks like you've had some lovely students this year. Enjoy your summer!

  2. Wow, what a great bunch of students. That artwork is pretty cool. Now it's time to enjoy your time off by polishing up that MS and getting out your query letter!

  3. Oh, did I love the last day of school when I was teaching. Congrats on finishing another year, and ENJOY your summer. (I whole-heartedly agree with your yearbook answers, by the way!)

  4. It's sounds like all in all you had a special crop of kids this year. I'm sure the impact you had on them will last a lifetime.