Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Home Stretch...

Well, some of us are VERY happy right now and some of us are HOLDING on for dear life!  As for me, I still have students until next Tuesday and I know I work very hard to do meaningful work until the end--for my own sanity!

We are involved in some super fun hands-on units including an engineering unit using K'Nex, a fantastic economics simulation called "Biz World"  (see my blog for several posts about what that involves--it is worth checking out their website!), and reflecting back on the reading and writing we have done.  It really is wonderful to see how much my fourth graders have learned and how much they have grown as people and as learners.  The end of the year is bitter sweet for me and usually involves tears!  I send my students out the door with a hug, a handshake, or a high five--and then our entire staff lines up along the sidewalk to wave goodbye as the buses pull away (90% of our students are bussed).  It is a really neat tradition we started when we opened five years ago.  I teach in a K-4 building, so once they leave the safety of my classroom--I feel like I am sending them to the "real world" never to be seen again!  It really is a grieving process for me . . .

One thing I do like to do is throw a little taste of summer into my last weeks by doing a few "end of year" activities including making my math word problems have an "end of year" flair, we do a writing project that becomes a bulletin board for my next year's students, and a few other "extras" that keep things interesting!

For me, I have one foot in this year as I mourn the departure of another group of students, but I have the other foot deep into my planning and ideas for next year!  I LOVE to start gathering my new ideas and creating my plan for next year.  There really is something unique about our profession with this beginning and ending cycle.

If you are looking for a FREEBIE checklist to organize your thoughts for the summer, check out a little "to do" list I made to keep myself organized!  From books I want to read, to units I want to plan, to supplies I need to buy--this quick and easy (and editable!) document can be used to keep all YOUR ideas in one place.


For those of your grasping at straws for some things to do, here is one of my favorite end of year products--and there are a few more in my store if you are lookin'!  My students have turned into QUITE the problem solvers, and I plan on having them work on some of these problems right up until the very end!




I wish each and every one of you the best for your last days of school--and if you are already finished, try NOT to rub it in too much! 





4 comments:

  1. Glad the end of the school year is near for you. Tuesday will be here before you know it. I've been off since May 17th but am returning soon on August 7th. Love the tradition of your hallway of all the teachers standing together to send the kids off. That is awesome! Definitely going to have to share with my colleagues.

    Erica
    Shepherd's Shining Stars

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  2. I love that you have adjusted the work to meet the time of year! I'm hoping next year to get off my lazy teacher bum and do that with my assignments. It seems the kids get a lot more out of it.

    Teaching Isn't Scripted

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  3. We all line up on the sidewalk as well to wave goodbye to our students. It has a been a tradition for as long as I can remember, and we always look forward to it!

    I still have a week and a half left, too. May the force be with us! Enjoy your last days, Meg!

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  4. Aww, your fourth graders are the "big kids?" That's how it was when I was a fourth grader, but at my school it goes through 5th. I'm glad because I get to see most of mine next year, and I get to see them grow up a little more before they're gone. Then again, fifth graders get ALL THE FUN! It's like a field trip every other day. Just today my class was complaining, "How come THEY get to..." I wanted to say, "You're preaching to the choir; at least you'll be in fifth next year; I'll always be stuck here in fourth!" ;)

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