I spoke with 5 students today! 2 days before school starts. They were adorable. So sweet, so honest, so flabbergasted to be speaking to their teacher on the phone. And I was a bit flabbergasted, too. Not just because that's a fun word to write, but because these little children are unknown to me. Even the children I have met before in the hallway don't have a clear connection in my brain to my classroom and being my student. It was like talking to a disembodied voice.
More so, for the student I thought I had a clear picture of. I was proven wrong by this student today. Probably not the last time for the year, either. But I can't be happier to be wrong. I had met this child before, many times in the hallway. I was a bit overwhelmed at having them in my classroom. I had labeled this child to be a "gets-their-own-way-no-matter-what" kind of kid. But wow, we spoke for the longest time. This child is so eager to be back at school, with friends, with a new teacher (me!). After having me read the entire class list (perhaps a little of that get-their-own-way?), this child was excited to have known friends in the class, excited to have new kids in the class to befriend, excited just to have a class. Respectful, helpful, eager, filled with the excitement at returning to a place that they obviously love to be. It's good to be reminded that personality is made up of more than just that one characteristic.
So now I have a picture of this group. It's not a physical picture it's a feeling picture. And the picture I have is of a truly sweet group of kids. Mind you 5/38 is probably not a big enough sample to make a whole class judgment, but if nothing else I know that 5 kids are on my side.