Last year, I really connected with my students. It was my first year of teaching, so they were with me for all of my "first" moments. At the beginning of my 2nd year (this year)- I can remember walking next door to my great friends room, and asking her "what if I can't connect with my new group of students this year?!" She would just smile, and say..."you will, don't worry." And, boy oh boy....did I.
I feel that they are truly part of me. They started off as kindergarten students, and are leaving me as confident little 2nd graders. They will forever hold a place in my heart.
The last 5 minutes of the day, I brought them all to our reading place. I attempted to give them some last minute words of motivation and closure..and as I looked at all of their smart and sweet little eyes, emotions took me over. I am so proud of these little souls in my room. I sent them off to their summer vacations with a huge hug, and an "I love you so very much, I am so proud of you, you are going to do great things with your life!" And they will...they will definitely do great things with their lives.