I found out late last week that I would be going on secondment next year with the Student Work Study Teacher (SWST) program. I got the call from my new boss, Jan Murphy, and she had the following words of advice for me:
“Make the most out of the next week. Spend as much quality time as you can with your students. You’ll miss them next year.”
After I got off the phone with Jan, I started telling the people closest to me my good news. I told them about how exciting it would be to really dig into student learning for a whole year. I told them how great it was going to be to meet amazing new people and share in their journeys with their students. I told them how much I was going to love working with small groups of students and teachers to create meaningful change.
… But in the back of my head I kept hearing Jan’s words.
I put off telling my students for as long as I could because I was afraid. I was afraid that they would misunderstand my motivations and think that I was leaving our school instead of going to a great opportunity. I was afraid to hurt them.
Today, I decided, was going to be the day that I would break the news to them. All the other students were going to find out at our assembly tomorrow, and I didn’t want my students to hear my news from another person. So… honestly, openly, I told them everything. No dodging. No evasive language. I told them the truth.
Their response was perfect.
They told me that they would miss me a lot, but they were happy for me.
That made me love them even more.
I’m going to miss them a lot.