2nd July 2010. Last day of school. The worst time of the school year.Students keep hugging and crying. I have a perpetual lump in my throat. I wish I did not snap at Ridh last Thrusday, I wish I had hugged Priya more often, I wish, I wish, I wish. Today, as I sit typing at my desk, I look around and see how hard the kids were trying to help me set up my class for the next year! What a perfect gift for me from them. They sorted out the books,then typed them into a word document, brushed the boards, wiped the laminated math vocabulary words till they were gleaming , arranged the baskets, sorted out my drawers and store room. There was an adamant sticky tape stuck to the white board the whole year. The ugly thing had disappeared! Thank you dear ones. I will miss you.
The year as a whole has been a good one. And it was good because I grew as a teacher, a friend, a colleague and a mother because of two very special people in my life. Jennifer and Rukiya. They are both amazing individuals who never cease to amaze me. Creative, funny, constanlty inquiring, looking for innovative solutions...that defines them to some extent. We enjoyed talking about web 2.0 tools and how we could incorportate them in our classrooms. We spoke of how to improve our teaching practices. We constantly supported, reflected and learnt from one another. We got excited over small things and shared everything we learnt freely. And we tried to put what we learnt to practice. School life can be stressful, but with such open-minded and dynamic people, life not only becomes bareable but interesting. But I had to say good bye to both the last day of school. I want to believe good things last. I am posting a photogrph which I desperately tried to capture on the last day to seal, crystallize, capture us.
The Wiki Women :)