My Student Teaching semester is nearly over: all that is left is a final to be given to my 10th grade World History class on Wednesday and the last day of school on Thursday. No more lesson planning, research and waking up before any sane person chooses too in the morning. For a sense of closure I've volunteered to work graduation so I can have the opportunity to say goodbye to the many seniors whom I've truly enjoyed throughout the semester. I guess it's my final thank you to them for all that they have taught me.
As I walked into school on Friday I thought about what I would write in student's yearbooks that day as I assumed I would at least be asked by a few. I knew it would not be the "Have a bitch'n summer" that is sprinkled throughout most of my middle school yearbooks or the "Have a great life!" that is ubiquitous in the graduating senior yearbook. I chose to individualize each one, careful to change things up for every student as I know that they share everything with each other. (They even take pictures of what people write and Instragram, etc., them - yes really they do!) What an enjoyable day that was to spend both periods signing yearbooks, sharing summer plans and assuring them I would be a graduation.
When lunch arrived and the seniors dispersed to other parts of campus or further, I had a thought of wishing that I had my own yearbook which the students could have signed in. The thought moved on and minutes later when it was time to close up the room I looked toward the board and found these:
Six of my lovely seniors had written on my board - what a huge treat! In a way it was my own personal yearbook. I couldn't help but take photos to add to the wonderful positive memories that my Student Teaching semester has given me. Funny I've just realized that by taking a photo and now blogging about it, I've done exactly what some of my seniors have done. If they only knew - hehe.
My own high school yearbooks sit just above me on a shelf where I am now, folded into my favorite chair at my computer. I have not looked at them in a long time but perhaps I'll get them out tonight and flip through my senior year yearbook to look back at how my fellow students viewed me and the world when we were 18. Maybe...
Summer is almost here - lots of cooking, gardening, canning, sewing, quilting, reading, spending time with friends, blogging, and recording are on my list. What is on yours?