I feel like I ran a marathon today - I'm sweaty and overhwelmed. During my classes, my usual subdued self jumped around like a madman, yelling over fans and seniro farewell in the halls. In my second period, I got so into reading The Odyssey that I shouted into the fan for Polyphemus' voice. The first time, the kids all laughed, as they should, but after that, I apparently just sold them on the character so they just took it in stride. It was one of the funniest things I've ever done. I had so much damn fun with those kids this year.
This was the last day of class for A day and I'll miss these kids a lot - all of them. I wish I had been a better teacher this year. I just feel so mediocre right now.
In my 5/6 class, I was writing on the board while the kids were doing some group work, and this girl said to me, "You know, Mr. (E), it looks like you've gained a lot of weight this year." That's the problem with being a friendly, approachable teacher. Kids can say just the most unbelievable things to you sometimes. Next year, I'm not smiling until December.
Actually, it's a lot easier to be tough when you have a classroom. Next year, it's back to tough as nails. (I'm not actually ever like this, but a classroom tends to make me more organized, which in turn makes me tougher.)
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