The last week of school is the longest week of school.
We are out of routine. There are no new lessons or units to begin, so once we finish something, that time must be filled somehow. Schedules are disrupted with locker clean out, awards ceremonies, talent shows, and picnics. Books and iPads have been turned back in, so those materials are gone. I’ve tried playing games (moderately educational games such as Taboo or Scrabble) but at this point, the kids are over them. I don’t like showing movies.
Last year, I did more actual teaching until the last two days of school, but this year, my units finished up a little bit early and presentations didn’t take up as much time as I’d anticipated. So I’ve been treading water for over a week.
It has not been my best week of teaching.
Tomorrow is the last day. In the afternoon, we have a talent show and a picnic. In the morning, however, I must do something with my kids.
I think we are all a little tired of looking at each other.
So I’m going to try something new that will require them to communicate and work together as a team. I think it will work better with some classes than others, but I am going to experiment with it anyway. We’ll see how it goes!
One more day.