Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Song-osity: School's OUT!

No more pencils no more books...
Schools out for summer!!

"School's Out" - by Alice Cooper

Holy moly. I can't believe it, but as of 12 pm Tuesday the kids are on summer vacation! Come Thursday at 4:30, I will be too!

What a year. What a whirlwind, crazy, amazing, awesome, and busy year.

To think that a year ago I was saying good-bye to KSA and anxious about a new beginning at Maimo. Today I am saying good-bye to 40 amazing kiddos and packing my room up for next year. So grateful to be returning to a school I love teaching in.

It still amazes me that I taught 40 (40!!) students this year.
The amount they learned, the amount I taught them...hard to fathom.

Watching each section talk to the second graders about what to expect when they come to school next year was adorable. They owned everything I taught them. It was so special to me to see what stuck with them.

This year was an amazing year in many ways. It was my 3rd year of teaching on my own, but in a whole new situation. I grew so much as a teacher this year, I continued to find the best ways to teach; I made changes to the curriculum to fit my teaching style and my student's learning needs.

We laughed, we worked hard, I only stressed a little, but we all had an amazing year. Seeing parents as the year wound down was so great. So many "thank you's" and "s/he had a great year" and so many "we can't wait to have you next year's," too.

Now, it's summer time! I have a bunch to accomplish this summer so my curriculum is ready for the fall, because yes, it's never perfect!

First step, no more 5am alarms!!
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28 thoughts on the matter:

Rebecca said... {Reply}

I taught 3rd grade a very long time ago. Your post makes me miss it.

Carol Blackburn said... {Reply}

I wish you and them all a wonderful summer full of fun and fantastic learning experiences too.

Nicola SeaThreePeeO Carpenter said... {Reply}

Fantastic pictures. Time is speeding by.

Adrienne said... {Reply}

I always feel honored to be on this ride with you! Thanks for pulling us in and sharing about your kids in such a respectful and positive way! Also...time for us to plan a summer adventure before the weeks slip by!

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said... {Reply}

That song is always running through my head on the last day of school! I can't believe you had 40 kids to teach! Love all the photos from class..A to Z Mysteries reader in the crate is my favorite. I remember my kids reading those books but sadly not in crates! :) Have a fabulous summer, you've earned it!

Jill Foley said... {Reply}

Yay for a break and for the sense of accomplishment! My classroom size is much smaller than yours, but I understand that feeling of "wow...we learned a lot!" and also needing time to plan for the next year.

Jackie Mc Guinness said... {Reply}

Lovely post! Gives me hope.

Kim said... {Reply}

Yay, you made it another year! You deserve a nice relaxing summer filled with good things. 40 is a big group!

Linda Kay said... {Reply}

Another year past, so congratulations! Hope you have a great summer!

Dara @ Not In Jersey said... {Reply}

congrats on a great year!!

Gina Kleinworth said... {Reply}

So exciting Tamar - I know you will have an awesome summer!

Patti G said... {Reply}

You're out & I'm back in!
But it's a much more relaxed kind of school & I can handle that!
Happy summer!
Make lots of memories!!

Clairejustine oxox said... {Reply}

Aww lovely, my son will be home from uni this week, one finishes school this week and the youngest 2 still have 4 weeks left ...

Nicki said... {Reply}

What teaching lacks financially it makes up in so many other ways - growing, touching lives, seeing results, summer breaks. I'm sure more money would be appreciated (my mom was a teacher) - but it is not without its rewards.

Enjoy the break - and Alice Cooper's song was made for this day. That and "schools out, schools out, teacher let the bulls out!" - which I think we sang each and every year.

PauMau said... {Reply}

Have a nice and unstressed summer!

jeannettestgermain said... {Reply}

The friends who are teachers tell me that by the fifth year they feel totally accomplished at their job (no matter which age bracket they teach). I think you're doing a great job - but for now enjoy the summer months:)

Tom said... {Reply}

I ALWAYS looked forward to school being out! Tom The Backroads Traveller

Sharon said... {Reply}

Wow - 40 kids! You are a miracle worker! They are very fortunate to have had you as their teacher. And now -- enjoy sleeping past 5 am!

Linda said... {Reply}

Congratulations! Looks like a good year of learning.

elizabeth said... {Reply}

Enjoy your summer break!

Buckeroomama said... {Reply}

Yay for summer break! We still have a week and a bit to go for ours.

Kathy McB said... {Reply}

Congrats on a successful school year and ALL THOSE MEMORIES you instilled in your 40 students. Lucky, lucky kids :). Thanks for sharing at Song-ography.

Anita Johnson said... {Reply}

That's one big class! Enjoy the summer after a job well done!

Molly said... {Reply}

Well done you on getting them through it and completing another sensible year

carolina rico said... {Reply}

I am sure that you are the best teacher!!!! I love that ¡feeling of accomplishment, of a job well done... it just fills your soul and makes you thirsty for more! TO me the end of the school year is a little nostalgic, you are moving on, leaving things you love behind and anxious for new things to come! Enjoy your summer and enjoy a job well done!

Ida said... {Reply}

How exciting to end your first year of teaching at this new school. It sounds like the year was a big success. Enjoy the summer break.

abrianna said... {Reply}

Wonderful pictures and enjoy your first full day of summer. I know what you mean about curriculum never being quite right :)!

likeschocolate said... {Reply}

That is a huge class! Do you have another teacher working with you? My son's 5 grade class was large like that, but then the class had to teachers. Most of the classrooms here in Georgia max out at 22 students. Have a fun summer!