Today was open house at school! I was in a really foul mood before because of scheduling issues with admin. Ugh, I may have cried in my closet. This year, I have gen ed, art therapy, AND the Autism class. All of them in one day even. We had some time changes in the county so 3rd and K come twice a week and my Mondays are jam packed with one 30 minute lunch break. -_-
Anyway, seeing familiar faces happy to see me was very uplifting, but I ran into a group of 5th graders I had last year that are now all in the same class except one. I told them that I wouldn’t have them and they all went “awwww!” non-sarcastically, which I totally didn’t expect because they were a rambunctious bunch that I didn’t always get along with. I said, “Well you’re always welcome to visit me!” and they all cheered! The one that I do have, I told him and he “yay!”ed which surprised me more because he didn’t enjoy art last year (or so I had thought!). Later that day, two from that group visited me separately, and one even visited me twice! He even hugged me three separate times. I want to do a project with a select few students to help me paint panels on my window (more on this later) and I asked both of them if they would help and they were visibly touched. For me, this was all surprising because my one gen ed 6th grade last year acted too cool for school all the time.
It was really amazing to have students greet me so enthusiastically. It made me feel like I had accomplished something last year that I wasn’t even aware of and made art a fun and safe place to be. I’m so excited to begin my second year!!!