It’s that time of year. The never-ending month that is March is coming to a close and Spring Break is here. After break, we have 4 weeks until the dreaded K-PREP test and only 33 days until the last day of school.
It’s one of my favorite times of the year: the impending summer, the smell of freedom is in the air. But it’s also a time of reflection. I start to worry: did I do enough? Could I have done something differently? Do I have enough time to help *that* student make at least some progress?
The answer to all of those questions is yes. Yes, I did enough. I worked my heart out, as I’m sure you did too. I put my sweat and tears (more than I’d like to admit) into helping my students grow. Did it work? For most of them, yes. I have the data to prove it. (Don’t we all?)
Yes, I could have done a million things differently. I could have taught that unit a bit slower, should have spent more time on this or that. As a teacher, we make adjustments every day. I learn from one class to the next, from one week to another. I made constant adjustments. Could I have made more? Absolutely. But I did what I knew in my heart to be what’s best for my students at that particular time. Next year, I will review and do better. I will do in my heart what is best for the next group of kiddos when they get to me.
Yes, I do have enough time to help *that* student. It is never too late to make a difference. I cannot and will not give up on him or her. We will keep working until the last moment, when I hug them goodbye and send them on.
My point of is this: You did fine. You, with your tired eyes and weary heart, you did fine. You made a difference. You helped students grow. You spent hours and hours slaving away, in and out of the classroom, dreaming of them and talking your significant other’s ear off about them.
I know you’ve talked about them, dreamt about them, cried about them. I know that, at this point in the year, you are about ready to say “Good riddance!” But I also know, if you’re anything like me, you will cry your eyes out when they walk out those doors for the last time.
You’ve only got a few weeks left. Enjoy them. Make the most of them. Keep the learning going and keep the excitement high. Go out big!
You can do this, teacher, because you are enough. Remember that.