Today, I told my students that I am leaving in two weeks. I got a little choked up when I told my first class. (Which is amazing because I rarely get choked up, even when I am truly sad--tears, for some reason, just don't really come out of my eyes very often.)
The students' reactions throughout the day:
-One kid clapped. (He was kidding. He is one of my favorite students and likes to give me a hard time.)
-One kid cried. (She was not kidding. It was really sweet and kind of embarassing.)
-One kid asked, "Are you leaving behind the gumball machine?" (I knew they would be very concerned about that.)
-One kid asked, "But who will grade our Scarlet Letter essays?" (Are you surprised to learn that this was an honors student?)
-Lots of kids frowned.
-Lots of kids stared at me blankly and didn't react.
I love teenagers. I am going to miss this job.