I’ve read several blogs over the summer that have mentioned how they mourn for last year’s class in the beginning of a new school year. That struck me as incredibly odd until I really sat there and thought about it for awhile. I’m a bit of an odd duck in that I’ve changed positions and/or schools nearly all of my seven years. So – somehow – I’ve managed to never really see my old class, therefore I didn’t really think about how much I actually missed them.
Then – BAM – this year hit! Yes, my job description changed again, but last year’s 6th graders are literally just feet from my doorway when they go to their lockers each day. They keep stopping by my room between classes, at lunch, and before and after school to say “hi” and get a quick hug. I can’t lie – it’s hard to be excited about the class I currently have when I think about how easy it was last year…
Then – BAM – just as quick as the last flood of “mourning” emotions hit, I realize that last year’s class WASN’T that easy! It took me MONTHS to get them to where I wanted them to be, and even then we had days. (Heck, I had one student who basically hated my guts until Christmas and would hardly speak to me!)
So, finally, I’ve come to the realization that it’s ok to mourn for last year’s class, but I also need to be excited about where this class can go! It doesn’t matter if they’re known as “that class” in the school (I’ve never really believed that stuff anyway) because we are going to have a GREAT year! It may take us awhile to get there, but it will be awesome! 🙂
Do you mourn for last year’s students from time to time? How do you deal with it and put your best foot forward for this year’s class?