Today is the last day of school and what a great year it’s been! My students brought me many gifts this year. The spontaneous cards and posters they created and many very generous gift cards and candles, mugs, beach bags and other items that I truly love. I recognize that, unlike many deserving teachers in the world, I’m very lucky to teach in such an affluent, generous and highly supportive community.
Then there were other gifts that didn’t come in colorful bags with tissue paper. Those were the gifts that showed me my students were learning and that they wanted to learn more. The gifts of interest, growth, kindness and eagerness. These are the gifts that teachers value the most; like when we recognize that we’ve reached our students in some special way.
Alayna surprised me with a lovely gift today. She brought me this video she created that was inspired by some recent projects we created in class. She said it only took her about an hour to create from start to finish but I think it must have taken her much, much longer. She did an awesome job and we all loved watching it in class. It’s the perfect digital send-off for our class blog. Enjoy!
I remember reading you post about the excitement/trepidation of returning the classroom. Congratulations on a successful year, a lot of which I can assume came from you using wonder teaching skills that you used to have an opportunity to show to adults before you made the decision to return to the class. Have a great break and a super start to next school year.
Agreed! Very special. =0)
I have loved watching your student’s ‘Explanations in Plain English’. Great idea!
What a charming post and video! Well done to you both.
Great stop-motion animation, Alayna… what a touching send off to your teacher and classmates. We still have 18 days to go in my grade one class… Have a happy summer!
Isn’t that the best ever – to take what she learned to make a thank you for you!
I have to tell you how very proud I am of you and that I enjoyed reading your sendoff blog as well as watching Alayna’s video which is tribute to you.
I loved the video.. excellent send off and shows how great a teacher you were to show them how easy it is to create their own stories on video!!
That is really clever and very inspiring! Well Done
Excellent job!! Loved the video!
I am university student in Chile and I have explored your blog for a task of English
I liked the way you teach science to their students
I enjoyed reading your blog (^.^)