Despite feelings of wanting to call it a day, head home and try again Wednesday I headed for my classroom. Before my previous favorites I had a lower level class which was just starting to come together. In the last few weeks shy students began breaking out of their shell and actually joining the discussion, but now that was all over. With the addition of new kids and removal of the two most outgoing, this class felt doomed, but we'll see, fingers crossed I'm wrong. Successfully making it through the 45 minutes I headed to my next class, the one I used to love, with much hesitation. I was met by a mix of excitement (from the talkative ones previously mentioned) and blank stares (from the three new girls). Sam was still at the door; aware of my feelings he gave a pep talk, promising me this was a great class and everyone was talkative. The highlight for me though was that there were no boys in sight, not that I have any problem with boys, but at this age they kind of crush discussion classes like life sucking zombies placed at the back of the room. We spent the first day just talking, which honestly might be the theme of this class, so I do have high hopes for them, but still - I miss my old bunch.
Thankfully, Tuesday had a turn of events! Following this mash up of weird new classes I was set to begin my reading class, the first of which was with all the Elementary students. Both the new classes I had just finished teaching and Tim's classes, included my favorites who were ripped from me. Before we started our book they were supposed to take one final vocabulary test, but apparently they assumed that wasn't happening. As I passed out test papers there were roars of protest, "But teacher I didn't study!" which didn't phase me in the least. Instead of canceling the test I told those who weren't prepared "Fine then, just write me a love letter or something." So that's how I ended Tuesday with 20 love letters in my purse, reminded me - when I really needed it - just why I love this job.
- I like you and you like me maybe? My favorite class was yours, but I will not be abel to ahve class with you. I very very miss you!! I miss you, your smile, your class because I miss you very much. I will meet you later I promise you. Teacher, don't forget me!
- I love Stephanie better than Tim teacher!!! Teacher is the best of Gaon's teacher...You really really really really really really really good at teaching and really really really really pretty. So you are perfect, so I love you.
- I can't believe it, we can't do writing together anymore. Be honest, I like you more than Sam teacher, I will mis you.
- I love you because you are pretty and kind. Also, you teach well. I respect you. Anyway, I really really really really really really really love you, and you?
- I can't believe that we can't writing with you anymore. I like to talk with you! I respect you because you teach very well. I love you. <3 I love you <3
- Teacher I love you, If I'm a boy and 29 years old I will propose to you.
- (New student) I want us to be friends