So, as we roll into the last month of school, I have been hearing colleagues counting down the days left. Summer is coming! I’d be a fool to say I wasn’t excited for my schedule to calm down for a couple of months; I’m quite busy with graduate school right now, and my involvement in extracurricular activities at my school is at an all-time high for me. I could use a little break, honestly. Fellow teacher, I have a feeling that just like me, you’re also getting tired at this point in the year.
But, I’d like to encourage you to to make sure you’re counting the right thing during this last month. Instead of counting down days until summer, why don’t we count how many kids get inspired by our lessons or how smiles we put on tiny faces?
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The thought that I only had less than a month left with my ducklings this year actually stunned me this past weekend. I legitimately felt overwhelmed and sad. More than anything, I wanted to keep building them up together as a community and continue to help them feel like they can change the world. Truly, they can, and it’s my job to make sure they know it! If I haven’t convinced every kid of that yet, I decided to continue being determined to do just that. 🙂
So, I counted the days and realized I had about 26 left. Being the geek I am, an association flashed into my mind. Ah, 26 = letters of the alphabet.
I decided to create a warm-up that used a different letter for the alphabet, starting with A, for each day for the rest of the year.
Here’s what I wanted my warm-up to help me accomplish in the last month of school:
- I wanted it to be positive part of class each day. It needed to let me continue having good life-talks with my kids, have them form a strong classroom community, and allow them to feel encouraged.
- I wanted it to be a way for my students to understand that when they entered the room they were still expected to come in and get right to work on something. This has always been my expectation, and it continues to be my expectation now, too, even though the school year is coming to a close. I believe it sets the groundwork for hard-working expectations during the rest of class, too.
- I wanted to give them a chance to creatively write about their opinion; so often, they are required to provide evidence to prove a point about literature. This is absolutely an important skill, but for once, I just wanted them to tell me what was on their heart.
- I wanted it to encourage reflection at the end of the school year. Towards the end of the alphabet especially, I added more reflection on our class and their progress in middle school. Part of truly experiencing something (especially the learning process) requires reflection, which also lends itself to active goal-setting and more future success!
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Regardless of how many days you have left at school, or how you choose to handle this important time in your very own classroom, I hope that you continue investing your time into counting was truly counts…not just days until it’s over. 🙂