The Goodbye Is The Hardest Part

Yesterday marked the first full week without my middle schoolers.
It’s crazy how you get so attached to the little guys in such a short time. 🙂 😦

Over the last few months, I’ve had an amazing time. I’ve learned the crazy things sixth graders say, the way eighth graders understand their reading, and how thirteen-year-olds communicate (this involves many emojis, funny sayings, and wild gestures).

I’ve had some awesome moments and some moments where I’ve wanted to pull my hair out.
But the entire experience has been so rewarding.

Here’s me with my crazy kids (eighth graders) on our last day together. It was Superhero Day (so I’m wearing a paper ‘Super Teacher’ Badge…and on Friday’s we wear jeans, so that’s why I’m casual). 🙂 Boy will I miss them–jumping on tables, throwing markers across the room, play fighting, someone coming into class with a tissue box on his head, a girl with tape stuck to her nose, and other crazy things. But most of all, I’ll miss their energetic, fun-loving personalities and the unique things that make them, them.

At the end of the day, my teacher gave me these scrapbook pages (see below). She had organized this (secretly) and my students each signed the pages with their names! The middle images are collages my teacher made of all their names. One sheet is for eighth, the other for sixth. This was such a sweet and thoughtful gift for me to take home in remembrance!

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