Today was a very bittersweet day. I spent the last six months developing a hackerspace at a middle school but today was my last day there.
Hackerspaces and makerspaces can look very different depending on who is running them and mine was an open tech and digital media workshop. So I had students learning game design, website design, 3D modeling, video production, and a lot of experimentation. My goal was to help my students discover and play with new technology and learn that they too could make cool stuff. Visiting the Maker Faire in NY was definitely a highlight of my time with these students.
It's always difficult to leave something in the middle of a cycle. In this case I'm leaving in the middle of the school year and I wish I could have stayed until the end of the year when goodbyes are expected and a natural part of the process. But as last days and goodbyes go, this one wasn't bad at all.
I recently set up a game appreciation club at the school too so I was able to spend my last hours at the school playing Super Smash Bros on Wii U, 8 players at a time, with 6th and 7th graders. I can't think of a more fun way to say goodbye to my students. We had fun and I got the chance to say goodbye to everyone again while we laughed and screamed at the TV.
My only hope is that my students understand that I always enjoyed my time with them, seeing them learn and grow, and that my leaving had nothing to do with any of them. Each of them made leaving a lot harder and I hope my replacement eventually cares about them as much as I do.