Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A Blast from the Past

I am a Facebook subscriber. I like Facebook because I can keep up with my son, daughter, grandkids, friends, and would you believe--my students from years and years ago. I taught Hearing Impaired children but also piloted the first mainstream Pre School class in Ohio. This meant that I had about 6 or 7 HI kids and about 12 hearing children. Later on I moved up a few grades teaching anywhere from Kindergarten to 4th grade. I often had some of the kids at several different grade levels.

One year we took in one of the middle school students who lived about 40 miles away. He wanted to be on the wrestling team but because he was bused back and forth, he couldn't unless he could stay in Findlay during the week. So, he lived with us Monday through Friday morning. Steve visited us often after graduation but then when I retired, we sort of lost touch with each other. But, wouldn't you know, he found me on Facebook? And through him, I am now in touch with 30 of my ex students and learning about their lives and families. And because of Facebook and all of the kids getting reacquainted again, they are planning a reunion in July 2010. How cool is that?

Some of the students had posted some old school pictures a while ago. Since I was in Florida I didn't have access to my old pictures. So, today I started scanning some old pictures and posting them on Facebook. The kids (well actually they aren't kids anymore!) are having a ball looking at them. I still have a bunch more to scan and post. But, man, do I look young--and skinny!!!


Tootie said...

What a nice surprise, finding your old students. I find it really strange when I look back at old photos of myself, too! :-O

gpc said...

and either have I, in case you wondered. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

The Farmer Files said...

How fun! Can't wait to read about your reunion! WOW I love learning more and more about you...how generous and hospitable to allow your student to stay with you!

Shama-Lama Mama said...

You guys should find a way to break in to your old classrooms and have a look around. I tried to find those big 11x14s of the pics I took in your class way back then, but no luck so far. Probably buried in the carport lockers under all those boxes.