Inspired by Stacey’s reflective post
September: Space, the first frontier
I enter my classroom, a vast cathedral of space with lots of windows, not really enough walls, and space – demanding to be defined.
May: Space, how do I get that frontier back into…
Time to pack it up, an entire classroom of stuff needs to be put away in boxes, closets, on shelves, stashed….away and out of this space.
September: Let the children come
They come, shy and clinging to their parents. They glance around the room wondering what this place is. It has toys, yes, and games and books, but there is something else going on here and they don’t have a clue what it all means.
May: Let the children go
They go, out into summer bursting with confidence and a sense of “smart” they never knew before. They don’t look back but they aren’t really sure how to look forward either.
September: Let the teacher teach
I begin the way I always do with a song I’ve sung for years to welcome them in and create community from the very first day.
May: And the teacher taught, and she learned
I may begin the same but I never end up in the same place as the year before. Just like the children, I’ve got a new kind of “smart” and even though I’m ready to rest, I’m ready to bring it back in the fall, better than ever.