MY AFTERNOONS HAVE BEEN STRANGE because I’ve only got half of my regular reading class. Today was oddly quiet, too. I think the students are getting a little worn out this week. We are finishing up state tests, and be the afternoon they are pretty worn down. One of the choices they had this afternoon was a coloring station. A few kids sat cheerfully coloring in peace. They didn’t even really talk to each other just colored happily together. One kid even said to me, “I’m kind of sick of technology right now.” This is because their tests are computerized too. They’ve had enough screen time by the time they get to reading.
My afternoon leadership class put together a solid news episode for tomorrow. They are starting to get fancy with the things they can do during a broadcast. We’ve got slow motion, and picture in picture this week. We only have a few episodes left for the school year, and they want to finish strong. Actually, they are DYING to throw together a bloopers reel, but I don’t want to say yes because after that it is NONSTOP “accidental” bloopers when try to film.
Today I was really reflecting on how very far my students have come this year. We were reviewing some of their reading scores and it is amazing how much hard work can pay off. The year isn’t over yet, but they have shown so much growth. I hope that they continue to read and work hard over the summer. Last year, we had an extended school year - three extra weeks and many of our students took advantage of it. I don’t know if they have that opportunity again, but if they do, I sure hope they take it.
I can’t believe tomorrow is Friday, AGAIN. It seems like every time I turn around, another week has flown by. Even I can’t ignore the fact that this school year is coming to a close - much as I don’t want my days with my students to end. Someone mentioned to me how few days we have left and thinking especially of our 5th graders, I thought It isn’t enough time. I wish we had a school that went through 8th grade. I don’t want to send our 5th graders away. I know that our middle schools are filled with strong teachers, but they don’t know my students yet. It will take time to establish relationships. I want them to stay with us so that we can continue to nurture them and help them unlock their potential. None of which is to say that I won’t enjoy the slower pace of summertime, I will. Still, I am always sad to see the year end. We are at day 160 and we only have 179 days this year. I have to make every last moment count.
Keep moving forward,