Miss Manuel's Last Class Talk:
This past school year has been amazing. Hard to believe it was just a year ago I was setting up my classroom; and now I'm cleaning it up. I am very fortunate to be at OLGC and I am more blessed to have been your teacher for these 10 (what I hope were awesome) months.
Even though I may have stormed into the classroom with a frown on my face, I want you kids to know that all of you were the reason I smile each time I see the school. Even though I've said "You kids are weird," I want you to know that ALL of your antics (and yes, I mean all of them), make my life that much more interesting.
As much as you come into school wondering, "What kind crazy things will Miss Manuel do and teach us today?" I also come into school wondering, "I wonder what kinds of things will Square Thief and Harambe will do today? Or "I wonder what aesthetically pleasing (how do they know to spell aesthic?!), tico tico squirrel squirrel, and Doctor Lawyer will say today?" At the end of the day, "I also wonder if Something with hufflepuff understood the blog instructions, did the typo police see the typo in the blog?"
To all of these things, I want to say Thank you to each and every one of you. Thank you for coming to class everyday, even when you were sneezing and coughing or weren't feeling well. Thank you for telling me the lesson was boring; that means you listened to the entire lesson and understood that it was boring. Thank you for telling me ALL of you hated the Writing Challenge; I read 30 sets of how the February Writing Challenge was the most difficult thing you've ever done in your life. Thank you for listening to lessons you did NOT want to hear about; that shows me you are a disciplined person, unwilling to give up. Thank you for getting a bad mark on your math quiz; that tells me I wasn't taking the time to chase you and help you figure out how you can understand the material. Thank you for pointing out my typos; that means you are becoming more confident and are brave enough to talk to adults, even joke with me. Thank you for being a fun class and thank you for participating in our class activities. All those fun, and unusual, things I've done are all because of you kids. You kids make me want to be a fun teacher.
As you go to into the summer, remember what Fr. Junji said at Mass on Thursday, "Be real, not fake." That's good advice. Take this time in the summer to enjoy it. Don't be stressed out about Grade Seven, after all you survived Miss Manuel, how could Grade Seven be?
And if you see me outside of school, don't be afraid to say hello. I don't bite, I'll say hello. I understand you're in summer mode, so I won't ask if you're doing a Summer Writing Challenge. (Does anyone want one? I can put one up on the blog, email it to me and I can publish it under your blog name.)
Have a great summer, and I look forward to seeing you around!