Post # 17
@FoxyBride14: I teach 9th grade English. I totally understand the “sad” and I get sad to owhen they leave, but my overpowering emotion at this time of year is PRIDE. I love meeting them as freshman and seeing the awesome people that they have turned into. I love hearing them talk about college and what they want to do with their lives.
Also, rest assured, they do come back and visit! I have had a ton of former students visit as colleges let out for the summer. I even have some former students from years and years ago that are in their mid-20’s now and we’ll meet up and get a beer together (that’s weird!!!! but totally cool too).
I am also willing to be Facebook friends with (some) of them. They have to initiate it, and it has to be AFTER they graduate. But it’s a really great way to just keep track of what they are doing and how they are.
Post # 18
I teach middle school, 8th grade. I remeber a lot of my kids from last year and I am amazed how much they have grown. Today I realized that the first set of students I ever taught will be graduating from highschool this year. I wish I could go see them and observe all the progress they have made.
Post # 19
@FoxyBride14: Thank you for the positive teaching thread! I feel like the threads I see on here about teaching are always from people who are looking to leave the profession. I know it’s not for everyone, but it still makes me sad when people want to quit.
That being said, I am ready for a break from some of my students! I will have some of them again next year so hopefully after the summer I’ll be ready for them again. That’s one of the things I love about teaching, the summer is obviously a nice break for many reasons but it really helps you recharge and feel ready to tackle the next year. And getting new students helps too! Though in my subject I often will have some of the same classes from year to year.
Are you me? I’m also 29 (or about to be) and finishing up my 7th year! And yes, my students are DONE. So am I for that matter. I am in highly distracted mode right now with the wedding planning.
Post # 20
oh that sounds like a good idea! I would become Facebook friends after they graduate too. I’ve had other classes graduate, but this class has just been my favorite so far. I’ve really loved some of those kids and actually enjoyed teaching them.
no problem! I love my job. Sure there are some students I’m eh about, but in general we have a nice group of kids. I agree with you about summer though. Unfortunately, I teach summer school (last summer for it though and im so excited) so I’ve never had much of a break. And I feel like non teacher friends don’t understand how stressful it is and how you can get burnt out teaching during the year and then working summer school and having like 2-3 weeks of summer. Plus summer school is 3 2 hour sessions back to back. So it sucks.
Post # 21
you don’t feel that way with every class. There are going to be some groups of kids that you connect with more than others. I cried the seniors last day this year and I’ve never done that before. I just really loved these kids. And I’ve taught some of them 2 or even 3 years in a row, so you build up this rapport with them. One boy cried and gave me a hug and was like thanks for everything, you made me love math (which is quite the feat) and I’m going to really miss you a lot. And it just melted my heart. I love them lol.
Post # 22
I just finished teacher’s college the first week of May, i officially graduate June 14th, then the ‘fun’ of supply teaching begins
Post # 23
did you get a full time teaching job?
Post # 24
I am elementary trained, taught 11-13 year olds in NZ for a couple of years. Now I teach English in Japan. I’m looking to get my US credential because I’m in the fiancé visa process. Hoping for an elementary job next year.