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I just need to get this out.<br><br><br><br>
Today was the last day of school, and even though I've been waiting and waiting for it to come (I need a break), now that it's over I'm heartrendingly sad. I <i>love</i> my students, and I will miss them terribly. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/bigcry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":cry:"><br><br><br><br>
To make things worse, I went to graduation tonight, and some of my old students graduated, and who knows when/if I'll see them again. It'll be worse next year -- I know a large percentage of the Juniors this year, and I only knew a few of this year's Seniors.<br><br><br><br>
The two main problems with teaching are having to basically move out of your classroom at the end of each year and having to say goodbye to <i>so</i> many wonderful people each June. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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You sound like a great teacher that actually cares. I can only remember one teacher I had ever being like that.<br><br>
Look at it this way:<br><br>
Even though you might not see many of them again, you will remain a big part of their lives. When school starts up again, you will just have that many more students whose lives you can make a positive affect on. The cycle will continue and in the end, the sadness of saying goodbye can be consoled with their success. How old are you? Maybe someday you will teach their children and see them at a conference.
 

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Thanks, Erin. Two of my ex-students (from when I was a tutor, not a full-contract teacher) <i>are</i> actually in college working on becoming teachers. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> And I'm still in touch with quite a few of my old h.s. teachers, so I know it's possible that I'll see some of mine again. My first Freshmen (who are Juniors now) come visit me pretty frequently. Still, the initial separation sucks.<br><br><br><br>
I'm 25, and the thought of teaching my students' children is a bit terrifying! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"> Of course, a few of my students already <i>have</i> children, so I suppose it's not too far off. Really, though, I want nothing more than for my students to make their way out of the neighborhood they're in -- not to forget it, but to get out. It's not safe there. If I didn't see them much or see their children, I'd feel like maybe they made it.
 

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Not to hijack your thread, but today is my last day of work and I am feeling really sad. I am getting ready to move to a new city and i have been counting the days until i could leave, but now that it is here, suddenly I don't want to. I love my co-workers and I wish they could go with me. It is hard to know that the office will keep on running without me.
 

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Hijack away! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
That would be hard to completely leave the city... at least I'll be working with the same teachers and administrators next year. There are meetings throughout the summer, so I don't even have to worry about not seeing them for the next few months.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck on your move! Do you already know people where you're moving to?
 

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Thanks - fortunately I do know people in my new city. One of my best friends lives there and my aunt, uncle and cousin live there as well. Plus it is about 2.5 hours away from my parents as opposed to now, I am about 8 hours away. I am really excited about the move, and I think once I get through today, everything will fall into place. I hope so anyway <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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MsKedi...Thanks for the inspiration.<br><br>
Wednesday was my last day of work in the motorcycle industry I loved so much (though I was a bit burnt) after 15 years of doing it. On monday I start my pre-service training to become a NYC public school teacher.
 

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MsKedi,<br><br><br><br>
Suggestion from a UK funker (me)...<br><br><br><br>
To 'lighten' or maybe cheer you up... Somewhat tongue in cheek,<br><br>
you could perhaps do a cultural student exchange or even better spend time hanging out with actors like those on-screen typecast in Aussie TV drama: "heartbreak high"...and maybe venture on set yourself and get dramatizing your teacher experiences Aussie style, since I know drama is what you like !!! That would be kind of a teachers 'busmans' holiday if you know what I mean.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"> So do you think you could use an experience like this.. eh?.. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/naughty.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":naughty:"><br><br>
If this tickles yer fancy, thats the easy part over with <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"> but with you on possible standby, Aussie TV studios would need little convincing to rendition and given the oportunity you could knock the socks off the bad-antic stereotypical Aussie students <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br>
.....Now that just leaves arranging the trip if you ever think you might consider getting in some down under teaching experience! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><br><br>
.......(and No peeps, I'm not an OZ, I just like the soap is why I'm mentioning Australia ya burks!!!). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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We had a name for people who cried when school was over...<br><br><br><br><b>Nerds!</b> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
Just teasing, it's nice that you care. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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RichBeBe,<br><br><br><br>
What level and subject are you going to teach? Mine are all ninth graders, but next year I'll probably have some tenth, too.<br><br><br><br>
One of my students just IMed me. Awww..
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Michael</i><br><br><b>We had a name for people who cried when school was over...<br><br><br><br>
Nerds! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br></b></div>
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Thanks. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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Ooh... check this out. I checked my e-mail today, and the box I set up for my students at the beginning of the year (that they <i>never</i> used) had a bunch of messages from students telling me to have a fun summer and such. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
kraftykraft -- I missed your post the first time around. It <i>does</i> sound like you'll be okay near your family and friends. I hope everything's going well!<br><br><br><br>
FertiVegork -- I think that may be a bit extreme. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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I can totally relate to you. I work at a high school too (special ed). What's hard about that is the students stay until they're 21 and are usually in the same classes with us since they were 14. So you get really, really close. I went to graduation on Thursday and started crying too. There is one particular student that I worked so close with and really grew to love her. It's really hard to know that she won't be coming back next year (along with the other students.) It's really hard to let them go <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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I understand feeling sad at the idea of never seeing your students again. Wednesday is my last day of school. Since I will not be returning next year it is doubtful that I will see many of my students again. I found out today that one has left for the summer to stay w/his dad--& I didn't get a chance to say good-bye. I'll miss these little brats, in spite of the days they've made my life a living hell, I really do care about them.
 
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