I don’t know about you guys, but I am just about useless! We have five more days (yes- only five!). I am sick (again- I have NEVER been as sick as I have been this year). I love, love, love this class. They are the kindest bunch of children, but I am ready for summer break. I will miss them, but I figure they will all come visit me next school year!
I have found out that my co-teacher/ partner in crime has been called for jury duty the last week of school (next week). That is so bad, I just laughed. Really, jury duty? That is cruel and unusual punishment! She can’t defer it because then you can be called ANY time. Like, for example when a cruise is scheduled. And then you HAVE to go- no more putting it off. Ick. I told her I got it, but I might be lying! We only have Monday and Tuesday as full days and then on Wednesday and Thursday we have early release.
We are going to do a bunch of the pirate activities from my unit, but we will have to wrap it up by Tuesday because we are performing the reader’s theater on Tuesday (per the principals request since the build is so busy and parking is scarce the last two days). So ask me what I will be doing with them on the early release days?!!? Well…….I have no idea. Nada. It has to be something that is all at school because they
don’t can’t bring book bags and can’t take anything home on the bus those two days. So, I have no clue. I am sure I will come up with something amazingly creative.
OR I may have them help me pack the room up because I am MOVING!! Yay! My co-teacher and I have been officially moved to second and we are THRILLED! Second grade is both of our favorite grade and the room we are being moved to is HUGE. Seriously, like I think I could possibly be jealous of myself. AND it has a storage closet AND an attached bathroom. Ekk! I am over the moon.
But I won’t let kids help me move because I think it is wrong. Yes, I will let them help me clean and close the classroom down for the school year because it is our move, but I won’t use child labor to move. I do feel like we need to be doing something more academic than that. Sadly. I do have a whole list of things kids can do in the classroom to help clean up AND a list of things to do BEFORE the next school year starts/ this one ends to keep organzed for the next school year. Did that make any sense? I will be posting about it soon.
I did find this FANTASTIC end of the school year memory book Ashleigh’s Education Journey and I loved it because it is my favorite word (FREE if you weren’t sure) and she did a GREAT job on it. And it is FREE, people. I figure we will be working on this next week.
Mandy Gregory is a 2007 and 2012 Teacher of the Year. She has taught 4th, 3rd, and 2nd grade in both the general education and inclusion setting. She is the owner and creator of the Teaching Tips website (www.mandygregory.com) and has over 10 years of experience. She is married with two beautiful children.