Monday, May 23, 2011

End Of Our Journey

The end of the school year is four days away and as I sit and reflect on this past year I am filled with emotion.  I have been teaching for 21 years and I can honestly say this past year has been the most rewarding experience of my career.  What made it so special?  Well, I renewed my commitment to making every moment count and to find clarity in what I think a Kindergarten child needs to have a successful experience in my class.  I love my job and even though it is tremendously exhausting at 50 years old...I can't imagine doing anything else.
Did every child master every skill?  No!  Did every child learn how to read?  No!  Did every child leave my class feeling good about themselves, capable, responsible, helpful, accountable, loved and well cared for?  I really hope so!   Kindergarten should be a time of celebration.  A time of wonder and hope for a bright future ahead.  It is the beginning of a lifetime of learning and we should honor every child's gifts and unique abilities.  Each child is different!  Each child is incredibly special!  I get the privilege of spending my days exploring what it means to be five or six!  Thank you Kindies for reminding me about what life is really all about!

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