Friday, March 10, 2017
#SOL17 Day 10 - Oh, the Places You'll Go!
I'm saying goodbye to my very first student teacher today. She was with me for 8 short weeks, as she has a split placement with me and an English Language Learning push-in teacher at another elementary school.
I spent last night putting together a "teacher toolkit" for her and, as I was doing so, felt quite emotional. I hope I prepared her well. I hope I didn't do anything to dull that "new teacher" sparkle and unbridled optimism that simply radiates from her. I hope she understands what a great privilege this job is, that we as teachers have an unparalleled effect on the lives - and the futures - of our students. I hope she takes this awesome responsibility and holds it close to her heart. It is delicate. We can break it if we're not careful. I hope she sees the value of collaborating and working with the other amazing minds that will surround her.
I know she'll go far. She is exceptional (my principal's words, not mine.) She has set the bar very high for all other student teachers I might one day choose to mentor. I know she'll love whatever grade level she's at. I know she'll love her students, even when they're not all that lovable. I know she'll call them her "kids." I know she'll stay up nights and worry about them. I know I learned just as much from her as she did from me. I know she already has the tools to be a great teacher. I just gave her a kit of cool stuff.