Today was my last day of student teaching. THis means that I am officially done with college- well at least in terms of my undergraduate studies! This sounds like a GREAT thing... but to me, it's sad. Don't get me wrong, I'm excited to be finished with college and be able to have my own classroom FINALLY.... but I had to leave a great bunch of first graders that I adored teaching. Not only did I leave a great class, but I left one of the greatest teachers I've ever met and a most marvelous and amazing team of teachers as well. I left there with no idea where I'll be headed next. I've had one interview so far, but have not heard back from them yet. It's scary leaving my student teaching class not knowing when, where, and even IF I'll ever teach again. I desperately hope that I am able to find a job. I already feel like a piece of my heart is missing and I haven' even been out of a classroom for an entire day yet. So I'm torn about leaving for many reasons, but I got some great gifts from my class. Take a look:
The cutest gift bag I've ever seen, a scrapbook they made for me filled with notes and pictures, calendar headings, magnetic clips, push pins, pipe cleaners, craft pom poms, plastic shot glasses (my CT clarified that she thought they'd be cute for small manipulatives such as dice or coins), craft sticks, cards with little fairies on them (my CT's idea was to use them for the desk fairy), star stickers, a star pointer, an adorable flyswatter with a flower attached, and huge sunglasses (my CT's idea was looking glasses to look for punctuation or sight words).
This ADORABLE poster. It says what children are A-Z and gives an encouraging word on how to treat them. Then, each student put their handprint on the edge and wrote their name on the handprint. I about balled my head off when my CT came out with this. SO PRICELESS!
Each of my first grade loves got a page to write a note to me on. Then, they attached their school picture and used the fancy letters to spell out their name on the page. SO CUTE! In the back of the book, there were random pictures of my students that had been taken throughout the year.
A little better view of my gift bag and all the goodies that were in it.
The whole shebang- poster, scrapbook, and all the purchased goodies. LOVE IT ALL!
If and when I get a job, I am going to have fun thinking of uses for these things and the many other numerous books, posters, and goodies I've accumulated during my college days!