Not Really Over and Out

I just read the last post that @mitchsquires shared on his Year 3 class blog, The Blog Dogs, in my Google Reader.  Mitch very succinctly says “Over and out!” and I find myself here in my  home in Colorado with tears running down my face.  You see, I feel really invested in those kids.  Even though we live in separate hemispheres, timezones, and are over 8,000 miles apart, I know more about these young people than I do some of my own local students.  Mr. Squires did an incredible job showcasing their work and documenting their year through video, images, and audio on the classroom blog.  Additionally, each student had an individual blog that I read regularly.  I have connected with these kids.

All I have to say is…. it’s not really over and out!  I flat out refuse to say good-bye.  I wish each of you the best… Simone, Emily, Diya, Cameron, Josh, Victoria, Pubudini, Frank, Hannah, Brookey, Arden, Lachlan, Ethan, The Blog Frog, Sally, Rachel, Nikki, Kaelan, Andrew, Jack, James, Jorge, Eun Su, Pubuduni, Patrick…. May you continue to connect with the world using technology!  You certainly made an impact on me this year.  I will miss you heaps and heaps, and can’t wait to see what you do in Year 4.  And if you’re ever in Colorado, tell your Mum to look me up, and I’ll meet your family for dinner… even if you’re 7 hours away!

I repeat- it’s not really over and out… as bittersweet as this end of the year feels. I know that Mitch will be starting this journey all over again in 5 weeks with his next group of Year 3 students.  May you future students come to Mr. Squires prepared to learn, grow, and have your minds opened to many new possibilities!  Oh, and I look forward to meeting you soon!!!!  You’ve got a hard act to follow- but I know you can do it! 😀

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