This school year's Spring Break has felt like an extended coffee break. It has allowed me to switch up my daily routine a bit, to get in some neighborhood walks and family time, to think about the remaining 24 days of learning, and to finally post on my blog. A question that has toyed with me for the past couple of days of break is: How can I keep the learning as relevant as Day 1?
This question poked its head out of the ground after I read a recent blog post by Pernille Ripp titled "To the Very Last Day". In her post, she reflected on the message sent to students when we educators do The Countdown. As I finished reading her post, I had to find myself guilty on a few counts.
I'm guilty of doing The Countdown (mentally).
I'm guilty of not approaching some subjects with Day 1 enthusiasm.
I'm guilty of letting the focus shift from engaging lessons to bad moods.
(Break came at the right time, needless to say.)
With just one day left of this coffee (Spring) break, I promise to take Pernille's advice and finish strong. I promise to keep The Countdown private. I promise to leave my mood in the car. I promise to focus whole-heartedly on planning engaging activities, assessments, and projects. I even promise to try something new with my class before the last day of school. (Can you say green screen?) The coffee break ends soon, and the work continues...
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