FOR THE LAST FEW WEEKS, every Thursday afternoon one student says, “Man, it really feels like Friday.” The thing is, it isn’t Friday. We are on day two of CRAZY WINTER RAIN in the middle of May and tomorrow is our May Fiesta. Our OUTDOOR celebration and carnival. I’m trying to decide if I should wear my puffer or not. Although, this sudden blast of cold weather has the kids really confused, and they haven’t completely realized that it is almost summer break. Students not yet realizing that school is almost out is every teacher’s key to survival.
We have reached the home stretch for planning our TED Talks. Some of them are really coming together. One of my fifth grade students worked hard not only on her speech but also her slides. She asked me to show her how to layer her images so that she could create precisely the image that she wanted. It is a really impressive presentation. I am looking forward to our Talks because I really think that my students have done some great work. I love listening to my second graders pitch titles today. One decided that their talk about soccer should be called, “Kicking It” and another talk is called “Legos are Life”. I had previously pointed out to them that “This is My Talk About Soccer” wasn’t a very creative title.
So, tomorrow I get to live out REAL FRIDAY, having survived Fake-Out Friday. We pushed out our news show for this week, so things run a little more calmly now. We have two more shows before the school year ends. My team is so good at filming now - once they settle down, that I can just tell them what needs to be done and they do it. Next year, we will be back at the beginning again. That’s the way it is with teaching, though. We are an endless loop that runs from Day 1 to Day 180, over and over. And yet, in spite of that repetition, each of those days is unique and filled with all kinds of adventures and miracles. Basically, I’m pretty lucky.
Keep moving forward,