June 10, 2006

End of the year (school, that is)

The end of another school year is upon us. I am now officially on my "way down" -- this is the end of my 15th year, with 15 more to go (supposedly). I am happy to report that I had a very satisfying year. My students were academically excellent and fun to be around, for the most part. This, despite the fact that my classes were immense -- 33 students was my smallest class.

I always enjoy this time of year, and it's not exclusively due to the summer vacation (but hey -- let's not kid ourselves ... it's a BIG reason!). I love getting small "farewell" gifts from students, "thank you" notes, parent "thank you" e-mails, and requests to sign kids' yearbooks. And, for the who-knows-how-long consecutive time, I was selected as our school's "Favorite Male Teacher," noted in the yearbook's "superlatives" section. This last honor means a heck of a lot to me. It shows I'm doing it right -- I'm getting through to 'em. Whenever I go through those doldrums (and all teachers go through 'em) about how I may not be getting through to [insert #] kids ... when a lesson didn't go so well ... when it appears student apathy seems to know a whole new level ... when the kids were off the wall that day ... these happenings at year's end put it all back into perspective.

I sometimes wonder if I can make it another 15 years. These last few days each and every year make me say "Yeah, I sure can."

Thanks, students -- past and present. :-)

Posted by Hube at June 10, 2006 07:30 AM | TrackBack

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Dude -- you plan on quitting after 30?

Personally, I'm teaching until I'm 70.

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at June 10, 2006 10:14 AM

33 students? Yikes!!! Is the student to teacher ratio thing only used in elementary schools?

Posted by: Mike M. at June 10, 2006 11:15 AM

RwR: God bless you.

Mike: Apparently so.

Posted by: Hube at June 10, 2006 04:08 PM

Hube, wish I could say the same.....but I've still got three more end of year in service days to go..........!!!!!!!ughhhhhhhh! Three I tell ya? What can possibly be accomplished with that? Well, day one was, now get this, sensitivity training.....luckily for me I was loaded for bear but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be....still a total waste of four hours of which I could of been working in the classroom....but I am happy to say, next weeks will be split into half days due to the beauty of reserving a full day of personal day just for this purpose of quelching pure edu innanity!

Posted by: cardinals fan at June 10, 2006 08:42 PM

I was selected as our school's "Favorite Male Teacher,"

Oh, my gosh! You're a GUY? Who knew?

Just kidding. :) congrats and have a great summer!

Posted by: Anna Venger at June 10, 2006 11:37 PM

Congrats Hube...I knew that you must be a better teacher than wonk!!!

Posted by: Nancy Willing at June 14, 2006 01:00 PM

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