Yesterday was a lot of fun - my sister came to visit my classroom and, in doing so, turned a few heads. The kiddos were still asking about her today.
Today, students full out asked me if I am teaching middle school religion next year. (Word sure travels fast at our school.) To my affirmative response, I received two very different student responses:
Student A: "Wow, you'll be perfect for that."
Student B: "Did you even teach us religion last year? I don't remember."
I think (or, at least, I hope) Student B was being silly.
The reality is starting to hit. It's strange but true that I am looking at the middle schoolers differently now. And for the fifth graders - it's going to be take 2. (I've never looped before.)
It's amazing, though, how much I have accumulated for the fourth/middle elementary level over the past 5 years - so many books, resource materials, stuffed animals, books on CD, etc. I promised my co-teacher to leave most of my materials behind (and I am), so I know they'll be well-read and put to good use next year. I am, however, taking some student novels and other things, as well as all of my religious books in order to start a small "loaning library" for the teachers at school. Plans/Hopes are small, but we'll see how it can grow.
Yes, it's not long until the end of school now. Let's end this year right!