Off to Third Grade~

It was always hilarious how my kids would try to surprise their peers or their teachers when it was their birthday. Lights closed, you could hear hushing sounds and spurts of giggles while they wait. In my mind, I would always exclaim ‘Aha! Another failed but cute surprise’.

There was this one time when they made a surprise for me for no reason. Lights off, I knew what was coming. When I opened the door though, I had huge balls of crumpled recycled paper hitting my face. It felt like I was being ambushed. But it was their surprise to let me feel how grateful they are. I had to swallow the urge to scold them. To be honest, it kind of hurt – the huge crumpled balls of paper hitting me from all directions.

Between us teachers, their surprises were always cute stories to tell. We knew that the school year would end with even more failed attempts to surprise. But during the farewell party, while we were eating and while I was smoldering each child with all my hugs, there was a surprise being organized unnoticed. Imagine that. I only found out about it when  I was preparing to go home and I opened my bag and saw my bag  filled with their letters of thanks and drawings of me.

I love you kiddos~ I am and will always be proud of you!

❤ forever,

T.Andi

 

3月28日

We read Margaret Hillert’s Just Me poem today.

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It was fun talking to them about uniqueness and why it is important to embrace one’s differences. We also talked about how we should treat others knowing that everyone has their own preferences.

I guess you could say that I wasn’t expecting much insight from them. They are in third grade and (based on previous experiences), I know that understanding the message of poems is quite a challenge for them. So when my student told me that the ‘skin’ the author was talking about in this poem is actually someone’s personality and that trying to copy someone else and not being yourself  would just  be weird , I was just blown away.

I realized how much these kids have matured and just how much I will be missing them.

I love you kiddos! Go and amaze us more~

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