*This March, I am using song titles for each post I write. I'm curating a playlist for the month, which I will share at the end of March.
Today we have to say goodbye to my student teacher who is moving onto her next placement. The good news- her next placement is still in my school so she can pop by to say hello now and then. The bad news- she's leaving! My students have come to love her and depend on her being there each day. I have loved the experience of another teacher (in training) in the room, who can support my efforts and be a sounding board. It can be so lonely doing the job all by yourself and making all the decisions. It was so nice to ask my student teacher what she thought about the seating arrangement or her take on a specific student.
We made her a book and I bought her a personalized teacher tote bag which sadly hasn't arrived yet. I bought treats for the kids and I think she is making them little goodie bags too. We will keep today fun and light. Goodbyes can be hard on everyone.
I remember when I was in a student observing/participating semester, the one right before student teaching. I was in a second grade class 3 mornings a week. On my last day, I was so emotional and sad to leave them that I cried in the classroom. My contact fell out of my eye- I was crying that much. The teacher asked me to go into the hall to collect myself! I had gotten so attached to the students. After 20 years of teaching, I don't cry anymore on the last day. Still- goodbyes feel sad.
Have you had a student teacher this year? How did your students cope when that person left?
Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski