Well, here we are. It is almost June. We are heading into the end of another school year; and unfortunately it was another school year plagued by COVID-19. People are tired. Teachers tell me they are ready to wrap up and move on to summer. I’m left wondering how to wrap up this school year in a way that leaves teachers and students with a sense of celebration and closure, but also energy and joy and (maybe most important of all) a sense of hope for what is to come.
Do we schedule some visits between classes and grade levels in order for students to see where they are going and teachers to see where next year’s students are coming from?
Do we create some new activities for our summer reading and writing unit?
Do we schedule some celebratory walkthroughs?
Do we create some book tasting events for kids and teachers?
Is there time for one more (quick) coaching cycle?
Can we do a few things to start looking ahead to next year?
Or….do we just let the year come to a close and worry about all of this next year?
I have to ask teachers what they think. Is any of this realistic? What do you think? I’d love to hear what you are doing to wrap up this school year.