At a time when I would really like to be just enjoying my class and having fun with them for a few more days, I am instead doing Fountas and Pinnell reading assessments (due today!), grouping cards (due today!), putting together our Celebration of Learning (next Friday) packets, binding our weekend writing into a book for Celebration of Learning and still trying to take a few grades so I can submit for final report cards by next Wednesday. My poor kids have done more "busy work" this past week than they have all year! This is also the time when I start having regrets about things I haven't done- why didn't I ever do that cute camping unit?- and worry about what I have done- do my kids REALLY understand all of the fact fluency strategies I've taught? Oh, and I forgot the last minute request to make a picture frame for the volunteer luncheon that I had to redo because we wrote our names going the wrong way! To make this crazy week even more special, the air conditioning at our school malfunctioned and we spent several days sweltering in our sauna-like classrooms. Of course this happened the week the weather decided it was time for typical Texas temperatures instead of the pleasant spring days we had been experiencing!
Another reason why I dislike the end of the year is packing up my classroom. Some years it's relatively easy; just shove things in cupboards and stack boxes and shelves on the countertop. I always say I'm going to organize as I pack, but it never really happens. But our classrooms are being repainted this summer so everything has to be taken off the walls and nothing can be stored on the countertop. Add in the fact that I am a packrat and not the most organized person and you get a totally stressed-out teacher. ( I have a stress test scheduled for June 10. I'm pretty sure I'll pass!)
|I need to find a summer home for EVERYTHING on the counter!|
Looking ahead: I just signed up to host a chapter for an online book study of Building Mathematical Comprehension by Laney Sammons. Head over to Amazon to get your copy, and then check out Brenda and Beth's blogs for more info.
Enjoy your last days with your class (or those first days of summer for all of you who are already finished!)