This was what I uttered to the school leaders on Wednesday (7/5/2014), when I had to show my work to everyone. A sea captain battles the unpredictable weather and raging oceans daily, but it is not the threatening lightning or the crashing forty-meter waves that determines his or her actions; it is the crew- their safety and ability - that determines his or her actions. Likewise, my work centralizes my students. All my classroom techniques and strategies are chosen based on your preference and abilities, and this makes my teaching very personal to just you and me.
All of you have been too good to me - I enjoyed our interactions throughout the 10 weeks. I also appreciated the beautiful cards, the gigantic poster, the witty notes in a bottle, the tasty cake, as well as the prized keychain and mug. (I was about to get a keychain and a mug for myself, so it was coincidental that you got them for me! Quite intuitive, aren't you?) The surprise party was exceptional! I am most impressed with the planning and execution of details!
I observed developing maturity and greater flexibility in using the various thinking skills to a larger extent over time. Be yourself, and you'll be great. Each of you has an incredible potential, so do make this learning experience a shared treasure. Collaboration makes learning far more manageable, and positive interaction makes for a lasting friendship. WORK HARD to achieve what you can be. Why, you ask? Simply because potential energy is not kinetic energy, and I know each of you can launch yourselves to the stars. Always remember the elements of success! (Refer to our Periodic Table!)
Thank you for being with me when we sailed through the uncertain times. Even if it's just for a while, I have learnt much from each of you. It's been my pleasure, truly.
Farewell, my first class.
PS: Feel free to ask me questions whenever you want. Also, I will put up a montage soon!