Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. -Voltaire
This has been Teacher Appreciation Week at my school. I have been thanked and celebrated, hugged and showered with flowers and gifts. And…food. I mean, nothing says lovin’ like something from the oven right? My cup overflows.
While I have enjoyed receiving all of the love this week, I have appreciations of my own. One of the treats of teaching 5 year old children is their unending capacity for love and learning. I love the buzz of activity in the classroom punctuated by hearty belly laughs that only children can do without the burden of self-consciousness. I love how they aren’t afraid to try new things. I love that even though we have these awesome iPads, and there is ongoing debate about whether they are worth the investment, and visitors come and go on a regular basis to see the iPads in action, these children are unimpressed with the hoopla surrounding them. They just want to get to work. I love how they think it’s just another day in kindergarten, learning, singing, reading, writing, building with blocks, painting, tattling, adding, and subtracting with their teachers, their friends, and oh yes, iPads.
I also love the support from parents, my administrators, Apple, and the school district I have had the last 12 months implementing the iPads in the classroom. All have been unwavering in assisting me with whatever I needed. My school administrators and the district have trusted my judgment and given me plenty of latitude to be successful. The parents have shown interest in the project, kept up with the apps we have and many have purchased them on their own iPads or iPhones at home. They have asked questions and educated themselves so they can better help their children at home.
In the presence of all of this love, how can these children possibly fail? Sadly, it is possible. Future teachers of these children will help determine their love of learning. As my little peeps get ready to leave me, I can appreciate the amount of work I have put into nurturing them and can only hope their future teachers will love them like I have.
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