Thursday, June 12, 2008

moving on

Tonight is graduation for the seniors at our school. I get to read their names as they accept their diplomas. In my typical fashion, I created a seating chart and a list with reminders of pronunciations & emphasized syllables. It seems to me that it's just a drag if a name is said incorrectly in class, but it would be catastrophic in front of family into a microphone. And I've been practicing (in the car, under my breath around the house) so I don't burst into sobs at any point during the ceremony; I found out yesterday that it will be streaming live on the school website. Suffice it to say I'm at least as nervous as the graduates about this gig.

I am thrilled for our students (thus the worry about bawling) because every one of them has had at least a couple more challenges than the average teen. To get to this point has meant an inordinate amount of blood, sweat, & tears (from them and us alike). It has been an honor teaching them, but I'm most rewarded by the times I connected with them outside of the classroom. I will get more kids to fill these emptying seats, but my heart will always have little pieces missing from the ones who move on.


He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying. ~Friedrich Nietzsche

12 comments:

Lisa Milton said...

I don't know if I could do it - the not bawling part.

I know YOU, however, will do a fabulous job. :)

And I like to think about the new students coming in, and how you and FH will save them in very real ways.

LarryG said...

and just exactly what is wrong with a few tears ... you loved a whole bunch of 'em... so why not?

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

When I grow up I want to be a teacher just like you.

apathy lounge said...

There's a certain gravitas incorporated into having one's entire name--first, middle, last--said slowly and deliberately and in front of many people. And it does produce tears. Good luck.

scargosun said...

You'll do a great job! Good luck!

Lindy said...

I'm sure you'll do fine. Now about that url for the live feed....

The Girl Next Door said...

Awwww, you clearly have a very big heart to put to much love, energy and thought into such details. They are lucky kids!

katydidnot said...

you are an outstanding teacher. and an even more outstanding human being.

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Tammi

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Moxy Jane said...

I watched it all! Those were some VERY excited kids. And I loved seeing those big guys hug one another and their principal (who is quite lovely). You did a marvelous job...many congrats on all you do to help these kids prepare for their future!

angel said...

i think teachers are superheroes, and i love how serious you are about your kids!

Tootsie Farklepants said...

I wanna come sit in one of those seats.

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