End of School Year

Posted: May 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

It’s May. Can you believe that? It’s May.

First, the weather here in Kansas sure changed quickly. Check out the change.

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Of course last year we had a couple inches of snow in the first week of May.

But with the end of the school year comes the end of state assessments. Our students are so use to testing now that it really doesn’t phase them. i think there is still stress on the teacher end, but many kids just take them and move on. The struggle I see is that students feel that the learning as ended.

Since many students are starting to feel restless and want summer to come (and let’s face it, many teachers are as well), I came up with a list of ideas to help students enjoy the end of the year.

1) Get the kids out of their seats. They are tired of sitting, and they need to have hands-on activities throughout the year, but it’s even more important this time of year.

2) Get the kids outside. Science is an easy subject to get kids out there, but really just taking a book out and reading in the warm, fresh air is perfect this time of year.

3) Get out of the curriculum. I’m sure you tried to get all of your standards taken care of before testing, so now you can step out of the box and have some fun. When I taught 4th grade I loved to teach students how to score bowling with dice and then take them bowling! Of course, I used the P.E. pins and bowling balls and made lanes in the classroom for a cheaper way.

4) Enjoy the last few days. Let’s face it, this time of year many people are on edge. It just takes one little thing to upset someone, so have fun. Let kids be kids.

Good luck with the end of the school year. It will be over soon.


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