One of my favorite parts of teaching is getting to see former students again. As a Kinder/1st teacher, I’m lucky to get to see my former students quite a bit as they usually stay at our school through 5th grade (or even 12th grade as our school goes through high school.) The students from my first class are now in middle school and I have even been lucky enough to see a few of them a couple times a year. It’s amazing to see how they have grown and matured.
This past Friday, I was over at the 4th-12th grade campus of my school and got to see quite a few 5th graders I taught in K/1. One of my former students said, “Hey that’s my old, old teacher!” It made me laugh how she phrased it. She didn’t mean that I was super old (or at least I hope not haha), but that I had been her teacher two times ago (we loop at our school so she had me as K/1, a 2/3 teacher and now a 4/5 teacher).
I feel very thankful my old students are so happy to see me. It makes my heart happy that my students still consider me their teacher. I work very hard to form positive relationships with all my students. I try to learn about their lives outside of school and ask about their interests and hobbies. That doesn’t change when they are out of my classroom. I love to hear about what my students have been up to after first grade. I am so proud of what they have achieved, and no matter how old they get (or how old I GET haha), they will always be my students.