I'm a bit like Garfield the cat when it comes to Mondays. They're not my favorite day of the week, and they are usually greeted with groans, mumbling under my breath, and a long morning shower. But today, I woke to the reality that I have just 9 Mondays left to the school year.
I think about what I have left to accomplish as a 6th-grade teacher. Of course there is some ground to cover with 4th Quarter units to teach. And there will be a standardized test in May to measure what has been taught or learned, depending on your point of view. But I have a few other things that I want to accomplish before I seal up the last box and move out of my current building.
I want to continue to give my students a fun, safe, productive learning space. A place that allows choices and voices and questions. I want to continue to align assignments so that my students aren't doing things in isolation. I want to continue to read good literature and to moderate discussions about what we read. I want to continue to encourage my students to scratch below the surface of a topic and to go deeper with their learning. I want to continue to keep instruction fresh, relevant, and engaging...even while doing the countdown.
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