Well my class left me yesterday to start their secondary school adventures. I was unprepared for how emotional a morning it would be. Having spent all day every day with the same 21 kids, trying to invest into their lives, I have developed such an attachment to them that it felt like a real loss. They wrote me some wonderful cards and notes thanking me not just for their education but for making them 'stronger', 'more confident', 'happier'. Was really moving.
In my original plan teaching was a stop-gap to bring me into educational psychology, but if this is what job satisfaction feels like then I'd like some more of it!