I CAN Do It!
Title – I CAN Do It!
By – Kathryn Mullen
- After I graduated from college in mid-year, I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to be a second grade reading tutor at the same school where I had just finished my student teaching. I would be teaching the same students that I previously worked with during my student teaching. This made the transition from college student to “real teacher” a little easier than I had anticipated.
- Throughout the 6 months that I spent with my second graders, my feelings changed constantly from day to day. There were days I’d leave school and feel content with the progress the students made that day; and days when I’d leave smiling remembering a joke a student shared with me. Then there were those times when I’d walk out of school questioning whether I should even be a teacher. I was afraid that the students weren’t learning anything from me; an after one exceptionally difficult day, I even sat in my car, in the school parking lot, and just starting crying. I remember doubting whether or not I could do this, thinking that maybe I really wasn’t meant to be a teacher.
- I went home distraught and made a sign to hang in the classroom that said “
I CAN Do It!
- ” The next day many of my students complimented me on our new sign. I had been frequently telling them, “the word CAN’T is not allowed in my classroom,” so of course
they assumed it was a little reminder for them. They had no idea that the sign was also a reminder for me.
- As the months went by, I found myself doubting my decision to be a teacher less and less. Whether it was a good day or a bad day, my students helped me realize that I was doing exactly what I was intended to do with my life. When the school year came to an end my feelings about leaving my students were bittersweet. I was so proud of them for all their progress and just as excited to see them move up to the third grade as they were, but I was sad to see them go. This was my first class as a “real teacher” which made these students extra special. I knew I’d never forget them, or how they unintentionally helped me feel confident in teaching. The last week of school I wrote a poem to my students. I framed the poem and gave it to each of my students.
I wanted them to always remember that they CAN do it and to never give up; especially since it’s because of these students, I now know that I CAN indeed do this.
I CAN Do It!
You are very special, and I want you to know,
Though our time together this year, has come quickly to an end,
As you continue your journey, you will learn and grow,
Always do your best, no matter how hard it seems.
Remember to tell yourself, “I CAN do it”, because I know you can;
Reading, Writing and Math; I know weren’t always fun,
You will continue learning as you move from grade to grade,
If you feel like giving up – - keep trying, you’ll make it through.
I had special teacher who taught me something, too;
Always believe in yourself and know that it is true;
So, as time goes by, you may forget certain things about the second grade
But there’s one thing I hope you remember your whole life through,
E-Mail Kathryn Mullen!