Poetry Friday: Winding Down

It’s the middle of May. For most teachers, the countdown has begun. Some are closer to the finish line than others, but regardless of the date, we are all beginning to wind down a full year of teaching and learning with our students.

For some, it can be a time of some sadness. My friend Margaret @ Reflections on the Teche recently published a blog post titled “May Blues” where she shared her own struggles in finding joy at the end of the year. I think many teachers can relate to her own reflections, struggling with worry about whether or not we did all we could do to get our learners where they needed to be by year’s end.

And the last day goodbyes. Those can be the toughest part about winding down. For me, I already feel myself getting choked up thinking about what it will look like on kindergarten graduation day. While I will likely see many of the faces of my students next year when they return as 1st graders, some won’t be there, having moved to a different school. Either way, they won’t be mine anymore.

My time, my influence, and my relationships with them are winding down, and will soon be no more.

Join me over at Sloth Reads, where our host for Poetry Friday is Rebecca Herzog! She is giving away a very funny book of poems titled I’m Just No Good at Rhyming and Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups. Thanks for hosting, Rebecca!

Poetry Friday round-up is with Rebecca at Sloth Reads

8 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Winding Down

  1. lindabaie says:

    Margaret is right. You can read this with joy at your graduation. It’s the sweetest! I taught first grade many years ago, still remember some of those students. It’s hard to say goodbye.

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  2. Thank you for your poem. It does a great job of capturing the emotion. I still remember my kindergarten teacher fondly. I really think that is where my love of learning was planted. You’re doing important work!

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  3. Dani, you had them for a brief season but look how they blossomed, your young poets! Do they have a spring class poem for the spring gallery? Give them a hug for me for being such wonderful writers.

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