Sunday, August 21, 2011

1st Day of School

Tomorrow is the first day of school for lots of people. I feel so blessed to be able to stay home with my kids, and I really wouldn’t want it any other way, but today my heart yearns to be back at school. I miss teaching SOOO much! I only taught for 3 years, but I still dream about it all the time and I am so excited for the day I can go back. There is so much that I miss.

I miss the kids
I miss the diversity of the kids—not only in ethnicity and academic level, but their personalities too!!

I miss recess and racing all the kids in the school and telling them that if anyone could beat me, I’d buy them a candy bar. (I did this until I was like 7 months pregnant and only lost once!)

I miss all the celebrations and how in first in third grade EVERYTHING can be fun—from reading to learning fractions!

I miss all the holidays! The fun holiday books, activities, parties, and integrating the holidays into every subject! One year the kids made 4 foot Christmas trees and they earned an ornament each time they passed off a different math section—it was REALLY motivational, and it was also lots of fun! We would also do math scavenger hunts to find the leprechaun on St. Patrick’s day, tongue twisted alliteration pumpkins for Halloween, thankful story books for Thanksgiving, and so much more!! Oh, how I miss teaching during holidays!!

I miss the science projects.I miss seeing the kids' faces when the discoved something new.

I miss working towards on a goal as a class, and seeing the satisfaction the kids would get when they reached their goal. (One year I told the kids if they would have a perfect reading month I would buy them a class pet—then when they reached the goal, I convinced them to get a Venus fly trap for the pet—ha ha ha!!)
I miss my coworkers. They are such great teachers, and I learned SOO much from them! They are so creative and they care so much about the kids actually learning! They make learning fun! We had so much fun together and I think we worked off all our calories each night from laughing so hard! I miss them lots.

This last picture is a picture of me on my very first day of teaching. I was so nervous I was sweating like crazy. One of my students said to me, “Miss Hodgkinson, I think you spilled your water in your armpit.” Oh man! I sure do miss those kids! Also, the teachers always made fun of me because I wore 3" heels on the first day of school. (As seen in the picture).

So, to all of my teacher friends, and to all of you kids going back to school, I hope you have a great first day back, and a great school year as well! And just remember, there is one person that is super jealous that you are there.


Ioana said...

Haylee, that was such a beautiful post! While I've never seen you teach school, I definitely greatly enjoyed the lessons you gave in RS. You are an AMAZING TEACHER! I know you'll go back to teaching when the right time comes. I'll tell the kids to keep you in their thoughts tomorrow, when they start school.:)

Shauna said...

I know you were and are an amazing teacher. I also am jealous about all the people going back to school today. I wish I was one of them! A student though not a teacher :) I loved reading about this chapter in your life.

Kristy said...

You are way too cute. I do get a little sad when school starts too. You are the best!

Jen, Jenny, Jennifer said...

Thank you!

I REALLY needed to read this post because the last thing I want to do is start school. Right now everything is full blown stress getting the classroom set up and attending a multitude of meetings.

Today I LONGED to be a stay-at-home mom. You reminded me that my teacher life isn't all that bad and that I should enjoy it while I wait for the mom thing to happen.

You look so cute on your first day! Haha, it cracks me up how brutally honest kids are. I introduced the principal to my second graders on my first day using his FIRST name. I sure got teased about that.

McKenna said...

What a fabulous post! You really captured all sides of teaching! Well said my friend, well said. I love that Halloween picture and miss you and Ang TONS!!!

Sophie said...

Don't forget -- you also miss POFFEE! I recognized several of my 2nd graders in that first photo! Sniff, sniff. I miss it too. And I remember you standing there outside your door on our first day because I was doing the same thing by my door across the hall! Ahh, good times!

Lindsay P said...

You are one amazing woman, Hay! Wow, we need teachers like you!!! You are so fun and creative. Will you write lesson plans for my life?

DeAnna Packer said...

My eyes glissen with tears. My heart is filled with joy. And I rejoice at the life and loves and adventures of my dearest Haylee. It shows what one good woman can do.
Love you so very much...Aunt DeAnna
*Love your co-harts as well!!