So, on Wednesday I made the 65 minute drive to Chardon to spend the day with Mr. P's students during my Holiday break. When I first arrived, the principal invited me in his office for a few minutes to talk. It was nice to hear his excitement about our work. Then he walked me to Mike's room. He stayed in the room for some time and I was introduced and talked with the kids. After a few minutes he and I talked some more about our plans and hopes for students, as students in the room worked on a google doc that my students had completed before our break began. In each period, as students came in they said, "Hi Mr. Holman". It was a treat to see them smile, as this was something new for them to see the real guy.
As Mike noted in his post, the kids really accepted me as a teacher from the minute they walked in. It was a true joy to have sent the day, not virtually, but physically in Mike's classroom. It really hit home as we walked out of the school to our cars and a boy yelled, "Bye Mr. Holman, see ya soon!"