Tuesday, October 25, 2005

What An End!

Well, if there's any day that I could possibly describe as one of the best of my life it would have to be today. No joke. No exaggeration. This post will have little reflection, all description, just to have a record of the day.

I had gotten Ms. H. an engraved business card holder to show support for her efforts in becoming a Vice-Principal. So, I came in all ready to sneak something small into her mailbox at the end of the day when she surprised me by giving me a gift and card. The gift was a copy of the Gashleycrumb Tinies (a book we read very early on in the year, which the kids enjoyed a great deal) and an inspiration first year teacher's book for those moments requiring a lift. I also received a chalk chuck as an acknowledgement of my love for those handy tools.

I was blown away, but it didn't end there. When I went out with the middle school staff for a good-bye lunch, I was presented with a whole bunch of baby stuff (hats and blankets) and a gift certificate for the baby as well. Too much really.

But that wasn't it. I then came back from lunch to the last two periods of the day being dedicated to a surprise good-bye pizza party with the kids. I know it sounds crazy, but I swear I'm telling the truth. We had pop, pizza, and a movie with all the kids—one by one—telling me what they liked about having me as their teacher. They thanked me for showing them how to make circles using three points and for trying with them and for helping and it just went on and on. I was numb. The whole thing had finally just struck me silent. The kids all signed a card without Ms.H's knowledge, and the things they wrote were sweet and funny and thoughtful.

And to wrap it all up, I went out with three of the teachers I was closest to for after-school drinks. We talked teaching and the future and the past and what was happening right now. It was the perfect way to end a perfect day at Lanor.

I've gotta say, it's going to be incredibly tough to top this experience, but what better way to get confirmation that what feels so right to me is also appreciated by those with whom I'm sharing my experience. Now it's time for some catch-up and a bit of a breather before beginning anew at ECI. I will be in contact with another Ms.H. as my associate teacher, but this one is the head of the History department, to find out all about my new assignment.