We are full swing into our "Writing Camp" for forth grade. It's our way of having a little fun with the kiddos while reviewing for their upcoming writing STAAR which is on Monday. We decided, as a team, that for the whole week, each person is teaching one lesson. There are 4 teachers, so there are 4 topics ranging from revising and editing, to combining sentences, to addressing expository prompts and addressing narrative prompts. So, I haven't taught my own two classes since Tuesday, and I have to say, I'm really enjoying it. It's nice to see different faces, hear different voices, and experience different abilities/personalities.
But what is really surprising me is how much I'm enjoying that my own students are getting to experience the other teachers. I am so blessed to work on a team that has 4 very different personalities teaching Reading, Writing, and Social Studies, and another who is there as our Writing Liaison, but who does SO MUCH MORE. However, each one of these women is so knowledgeable that I have no fears in allowing them to teach my own students. In fact, I'm kind of excited by it because maybe, just maybe, their way of teaching that particular topic makes more sense to someone who wasn't "getting it" with me.
I was just thinking about how different each one of our personalities is. I'm the loud, laid back one. We have a silly, motherly one who is so incredibly passionate about what she does and the kids she teaches. We have another who is a very new teacher, but is so sweet and silly, and the kids adore her. The last one is incredibly funny and a little bit...how do we say....hyper organized? She is so incredibly creative and artistic, and she is ALWAYS singing or dancing...or both. The writing liaison is so incredibly energetic and funny, but she also holds the kids to such high standards. She is often at work before I am, and I see her helping with so many different clubs and activities that I can't even count.
I believe the five of us, though incredibly different, have been very carefully knitted together. These women all have amazing zeal for what they do, and they have truly lit a fire for me and reminded me that I still have so much room to grow.
While I still don't know if my principal is going to ask me back next year, I know that I have been challenged to my very depths this year. I have worked longer and harder than I have in the past 5 years I have taught. I have found that while I absolutely adored my 8th graders, I have a serious love for these 4th graders...really for elementary all together. I have realized many areas for growth and truly feel that I am better now than I was in August. Each one of these ladies has poured in to me in one way or another, and many more that I haven't even mentioned. I am forever grateful, and while I don't know if I will be with all of them again next year, I pray every night that this will be the case because I can see such great things in store.
If not, I hope each one of them knows how much they are loved, valued, and appreciated. I am truly blessed.