My school is wrapping up this year, so I want to leave all of you with this advice:
As your year comes to a close, you will be getting a few messages from parents or kids about how you made an impact. Some years you get more, some years you get less. You need to get a file folder (or a box or whatever) and label it WHY I TEACH. Put them in there.
Why? Well, if you are a new teacher, the first five years are the hardest. Sometimes you need a reminder. Later on in your career, you will have moments when you need that reminder. And then, as you get old (like me) it is nice to go back and look through some of those lost memories.
Do this now and you will thank me later. That's a promise.
Have a great summer in whatever you choose to do. I'll see you in August!