Wednesday, September 16, 2015
A Sudden Goodbye
Tuesday ended up being my last day in the middle school math class.
I found out that it was my last day 2nd period.
It was a strange interim position. One teacher left. They found a replacement very quickly. (This is all a long story, but suffice it to say that it is a happy story for all concerned.) Because everything was up in the air, we didn't tell the kiddos exactly what was going on.
That would have been chaos. 8th graders aren't too happy with uncertainty. So, rather than freak them out about it all, I didn't tell them much.
And on my last day, I didn't say anything. I conducted class as normal. When they asked about tomorrow (do we have homework tonight? when will you pass out our syllabus?), I answered as truthfully as I could. And continued with the lesson.
Then, after I had them clean up and we had two minutes left of class, I dropped the bomb. This was goodbye. (But not a permanent goodbye as I'm at the school all the time and am likely to see them in their other classes all year long.)
I expected cheers. (A few of them did not like me much.) So, it was nice when they didn't. But many of them were happy to see me go.
Well, for now. They'll be seeing me soon, I'm sure.