Oh, you mean I wasn't supposed to take the weekend off from writing everyday for 31 days? Oops. Just kidding. I didn't even make it a week. Not for lack of things to be grateful for; I just let it slide...
So, picking up where we left off....Today I am grateful for kindergarteners. I helped in my son's kindergarten class last year and I decided to do so again this year. Today was my first day. I love that little touch of feeling like I'm teaching again. And I am, really, just without any of the annoying planning, paper work, staff meetings... Just walk in, sit down, and get busy with whatever project is handed to me.
But the kids are the best. A couple of the kids at my table today, like Nick, are "olders" who are on thier second year of kindergarten, so they remembered me from last year and seemed farily pleased to see me again. Then there are the "new" kindergarteners. Some of them so tiny and timid, some completely confident in themselves.
At the end of the hour and a half I always sort of breath a sigh of relief as I leave the room. The energy those kids put out is exhausting. I can totally see why I was a middle school teacher, and not with the little ones. Because as fun as they are, they would wear me out long before the day was over.
I'm already looking forward to next week.