Yesterday, the class of 2030 received their first diploma, the Kindergarten Diploma. This group is like no other group I’ve taught before. This was one of the largest group students I’ve ever taught (I had 29 students up till Christmas) and one of the most diverse group of students. My 29 students held passports from 14 different countries. Besides English and Arabic being spoken at home there was also French, Portuguese, Russian and Malayalam. This year was definitely a challenge and they gave me a few more white hairs then I wanted…but as my students crossed the stage to get their diploma, all I could see was how much progress each of them made (some more than others).
This group is a talkative bunch, it doesn’t matter if it’s Sunday morning and they’re trickling into the classroom or Thursday afternoon and they’re getting dismissed…they’ll be talking about something. It doesn’t matter how often I try to separate certain ones, they’re like little magnets, they’ll always find each other and continue chatting away.
This group of mine, they love to dance. Because of them I’ve learned how to floss, dab (although I’ve been told it’s not cool anymore), and do the Fortnite dance. I also learned that the Cristiano Ronaldo move that he makes after he scores a goal is not a new dance move 🙄. But just as I learned new dance moves from them, they learned some from me. You’re welcome world, these kids can rock an amazing chicken dance, the Macarena (although they only know it as the Maxarena..thank you GoNoodle!), and some have graduated onto the running man.
Dear society, I’m releasing this fearless, loud, funny, artistic, inquisitive and sassy group of mine into your hands. Some cliff notes about them…for my fearless, they’re ready to take on the world at full force but even though they may seem like they have no fears, do check up on them every so often…everyone has doubts about themselves every so often. Some of them have this false bravado about themselves, please don’t see them as being cocky..they’re just trying to be as brave or as smart as their older siblings. For my timid ones, please be patient with them; it takes time to draw them out of their shells. Some of them will take up to spring break to stop crying in the morning. When given the chance they will surprise you on what they’ll be able to do.
Take care of them, these kids are ready to take on the world and are eager to show you what they got.