i didn't write for my blog very much during this school year. because. well. because a lot of reasons, i guess. i did collect many, many moments. some moments to treasure and others to ponder in my heart.
i just clicked back and read my post about being hired to teach for this 2015-2016 school year. i was so enthusiastic! i wrote things like we will be getting our awesome on and thirty years of playing school - and counting. i don't think it could get much better! and you know, this year really did go well. over all. even though this year had some very hard parts, i am really glad i had this opportunity. my kiddos and i learned a lot. we learned a lot about our school district. we met a lot of people in our community. we learned a lot about this phenomenon called country school. the hardest parts truly were the best learning experiences.
and my early enthusiasm was rewarded. it carried me through a school year for which i had no prep time, a school year where i pulled all four of my grades together as we went along. when i was really on top of things, i could go week by week. when the time filled up, i worked day by day. and when situations out of my control arose, i hung in there moment by moment. and through it all, we did some pretty stellar projects and programs. all of my students had poetry published this year, my two older students took projects to regional history day and on to state history day. my students and all made new friends through collaborative projects and programs we attended. we did outdoor journals, we read and read, we taught each other, we worked through personality clashes and just plain bad attitudes. we smiled, we laughed, we chewed gum, we listened to music, we drew pictures, we made collages, we combined math, science, history and writing. we celebrated birthdays and we ate cupcakes. there were a lot of moments of getting our awesome on.
and now, on to a new chapter. tomorrow is check-out day for me. and then my growing-up girl and i will celebrate together. then saturday and sunday, our little family will weekend together: that will be fabulous.
monday will be the beginning of a new week. a summertime week. the first week of the rest of may.
go get your awesome on, my friends!