While relaxing this week, I let my mind wander to the weeks ahead. There is nothing quite like the last nine weeks of school. From last minute remediation to crunching in those last few standards, April and May are, at best, stressful. So, instead of focusing on the stresses of the end-of-year chaos, I am prioritizing the greatest needs based on a few things.
1. Building Relationships with the Kids. Sometimes educators forget why we are here, the kids. I love kids; that is why I teach.
2. Helping My Kids Set and Reach Goals. To me, one of the most valuable things I can do for my students is teach them how to set S.M.A.R.T. goals. I have seen this simple principle work in the lives of countless students. It works!
3. Honing My Craft. The beauty of teaching is you get second chances. This spring, like every other spring, I will spend time LISTENING to my kids. When I listen to their advice about my teaching, I find little truths about myself, which help me in planning for next year.
So, there you have it, my game plan for spring. Yes, it is simple. No, it is not drop and drill. Quite simply, it is relaxing; something we all need to do more!
I hope your spring break is relaxing.