While the quote above captures the sentiment I relay to staff around this time of each year, schools are always looking for fun ways to enjoy the final weeks of school. Although the end of the year can be tempting to hit the “cruise control” button, it’s important that we make a commitment to finish the year as strong as we started & not hit the cruise control button….our kids deserve better! Students will feed off our attitude and if we expect the best from them, then we must give them the best of us!
Rick Wormeli says it best,
“Don’t waste the last few weeks of school on fluff and babysitting experiences. It’s not only boring to students, it’s unethical. Choose a day very soon to begin planning for one of the highlights of the year: the experiences of those last few weeks.”
Each and every day our students need us. Remember that you may be the only constant presence in some of your students’ lives. Make a choice each day for your presence to be a positive, constant factor. It’s a great opportunity that we have to come to school and have an impact on students’ lives from day to day. We all became educators because we care about kids.
Our school has always participated in an ABC Countdown, which counts the final 26 days of the school year in a fun, engaging way (see below: we start our countdown on THURSDAY!)
It’s important to look at the end of the year as a stage for next year. A strong finish helps build for a successful year to come. Although ABC countdowns make the final 26 days fun, we must also ensure a strong finish and a positive launch into the next school year! Try to keep the following in mind:
*Have high expectations for all. The end of the school year is not only about celebrations. It’s about learning. Focus on what’s important and find the balance between keeping the learning at the forefront of your classroom and enjoying those “end of the year” celebrations.
*Be well planned. Act with intention and purpose each day! Students thrive on routine and consistency. Just because the weather is getting warmer and field trips are blooming, the last thing you want to do is lose focus. It’s important to ensure that the learning process continues to bloom and that students are engaged.
*Keep a positive and hopeful attitude. This time of the year can be emotional and exhausting for all. Remember to find the good stuff. It’s there if you take time to look for it.