Reflections of the Year

Wow, I can’t believe it’s over. My 5th year of teaching kindergarten. I had no idea what I was getting into. But it has been such an amazing experience. I have grown and improved, but I think there is still room to grow. That’s why I decided to let my principal know that I was ready forĀ  a change. It is scary putting myself out there, but at the same time it is a little freeing.

Now I can recreate myself as a teacher, recreate my classroom, recreate myself as a team member. I guess it’s not really recreating, but growing in a different direction. It’s exciting!

Of course looking back at my kindergarteners this year, I can’t help but be excited by their growth in reading. Quite a few were reading mid to end of first grade levels. And they started low. The same happened with their writing. It is fascinating to watch how they grew in their ability to write words and format correctly. From a blank page to pages and pages of material!

I wonder what it will be like with 2nd graders. Will there be as much growth, will it be more subtle?