Sigh...I still have six weeks to go.
While I drag my kids (and myself) across the finish line, it will be a good time to reflect on what worked and what I need to change for next year:
An exam tip/idea: I always teach my students that exam prep is a process, not a cramming session. I don't just talk about it, either. I model it by setting up a review session in the days leading up to finals. You can get more details on how I did this during our January exams here.
One thing you want to change next year: I want to use a less traditional approach and use writing and reading workshops to deliver the curriculum. I’ve dabbled the last few years, but I’m ready to take the plunge and drive right in. I’ll be spending some time over the summer planning and organizing just how I will do this. Watch for blog posts of my journey in the fall.
One classroom organization tip: It’s so easy at the end of the school year to look at the piles of papers and files and say, “I’ll deal with that at the end of the summer.” That’s my usual response, anyway! However, when the new year begins you will get caught up in the crazy busyness of it and quite likely, last year's papers and ideas will not get organized. Before I leave for summer, I'm going to put everything back in the correct binder and also make some notes in each one about what worked and what didn't, so I can remember when I open it at the appropriate time next semester. I know from experience that once the school year begins, it's easy to just fall back on what I used to do. If I take the time to reflect, plan and organize before summer, it's more likely that new ideas will see fruition in the fall.
A gift for you: My End of the Year Teacher Reflection Journal is a great place for reflection and planning. I’m making it free for the time that this blog hop is open. Enjoy!