Day 138- Happy Hour

We had our last student teaching seminar today.  All of us that were out teaching English all semester got together to celebrate completing (and passing!) our portfolios.  We discussed our experiences and shared something from the portfolios that we were proud of (beyond just finishing).

After class, we headed off to the current Methods class to share our vast wisdom with the next crop of student teachers.  I remembered sitting in on this panel during my internship and now here we all were on the other side.  Time really does fly when you're having fun!  I was jealous of all these lucky bums who get to go in and do what we have just finished because they have no idea how magical those next few months in the fall will be.  I reminded myself a few times that the same thing will be true for me next year, and that I am lucky enough to have my own classroom lined up already, where I'm sure I will experience a year more rewarding that I can even imagine. 

The best part of it all was heading out for happy hour with my colleagues at the end of the day.  We have all worked so hard, discussed every aspect of teaching we could think of over the past few years, challenged each other, supported each other, and so much more.  Although I couldn't get too "happy" because I had to drive home, I spent more than an hour enjoying the company of the only group of people who can truly understand what my life has been like over the past year.  As with any ending of an era, we all vowed to keep in touch.  I know not everyone will, but there are a few people I hope I stay connected with over the years in our tight knit little circle of teachers.  I will be hoping and praying that they get jobs because there are classrooms of students out there who would be oh so lucky to have them!  I can't think of a better ending to this experience than a good time with a group of people, my professor included, who are burning with the same fire to educate and change the world as I am. 

Thank you, happy hour, you made my day.


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