As most teachers in my school and my division, prepare to finish their last few days of the school year, myself and two other colleagues ended our school year with our students early. Myself, George Couros @gcouros and Norm Usiskin @nusiskin, hastily scrambled through the day as we prepared to embark on, what I am sure will be an amazing learning and connecting adventure, as we head to #ISTE 2011 in Philadelphia.
As I boarded my flight I looked forward to meeting many of my PLN for the first time, face to face, to sharing the years ideas and experiences and most of all to learning together in preparation for the next school year. However, as the flight crew dimmed the lights of our red-eye flight my mind wandered away from the excitment and back to my students. In that quite time while my other travellers slept, my mind relaxed and i came to a huge realization, that there is one thing that I will truly miss and did not have the time to fully express. I will miss my students, my KIDS (as many of us refer to). With my year ending quickly, and with all of the year end requirements, I regret not being there for the last three days, for the hugs goodbye, for the packing up of every project that we worked on and to see all the excited smiles, for summer on that last day. This is all compounded with the fact that next year I will not be returning to my school, and will not be there to greet them on the first day of school, to hear the stories and to get my long awaited summer hugs.
Don’t misunderstand me, I am extremely excited about moving into administration and becoming a Principal next year. I am actaully elated about all the possibilities, looking forward to all the new relationships and connections I will be making. It is just that, I have worked with some of the student for two years, and I . . . . . I just wish that I could take them with me.
I think that the hardest aspect of this years transition, is that I may never see some of my KIDS again due to the nature of my current position, and that I will not be there at the beginning of next year for those that return. To see their smiling faces, to hear about their summer adventures and yes once again to get my morning hugs.
I wish them all the best in the future and hope that their lives are filled with excitement, happiness and learning. In addition I hope that in some small way I made a difference and influenced their live, as they have influenced and changed mine.
Thank you kids, till we meet again.