Apr 1, 2010

Spring Break, Testing...and the End of the School Year

As we get closer and closer to the end of the school year, we get to experience the excitement of TESTING! By this time, most of our students are well prepared (maybe even OVER-prepared) and as teachers we are ready for a break...Spring Break!

The issue that some teachers ask themselves is, "What should I do for the rest of the school year?" It is important that we have LOTS of things planned and organized. When spring break and testing is finished, students tend to think that the year is over and the rest of their time in the classroom is just a wash. As teachers, we must remain organized, firm with our discipline, and be fully prepared with lesson plans. Here are some ideas to keep you going for the rest of the school year.

  1. Prepare your students for the next grade level. Ask grade level teachers in the next grade level for any resources that you could use in your classroom. They will probably thank you for it, and they will be excited that you are getting the kids ready for the next year. You can ask grade level teachers what they would like you to teach on Facebook for Teachers - Click Here.
  2. PROJECTS!!! Kids love projects and the end of the school year is the perfect opportunity to do them. You have time, and you are not stressed about cramming for a standardized test. In fact, projects and hands on learning activities are generally more effecting teaching strategies than worksheets and test practice anyways. Here is a Wildlife Project that I did with my 2nd, 3rd and 5th grade students: Wildlife Animal Project - Click Here
  3. Have Fun with your kids! The year is coming to end, and yes...even YOU will have a summer vacation (hopefully). Get excited about school again and let your kids know that you are excited to learn new things. Start building those teacher/student relationships that you have put off for the entire year. Spend time with your students by playing games in learning centers, having lunch with them, and letting them know that they are loved.
If anything, be encouraged and know that you are putting forth so much of your time and effort. The parents, kids, other teachers and principals know how hard you work and we are all thankful for everything you teachers do every day!

1 comment:

nisha said...

Good post. I really like the way that you explained.