Students are scheduled to enter my school tomorrow morning. It’s been a whole two weeks since I’ve seen my students. Tomorrow, routines will be reestablished, backpacks will be filled, students will be chattering about their break, and students and teachers alike will get back into school mode after a brief hiatus. As tomorrow approaches, I’m reflecting on what my classes have accomplished and what still is on the plate ahead of us. I spent a good amount of time yesterday planning out the next week of instruction and it confirmed my anxiousness to know that the school year is over half-way completed. As I look over the next few months, I’m finding curriculum pacing guides, standardized testing, school performances and field trips all impact my instruction to a certain degree. This happens every year and it has me thinking of what time I truly have left with the kids. I’m also aware that these next few months directly impact students in meaningful ways. For some, this will be my last year with a group of fifth graders that I’ve seen since they were in second grade. I want to ensure that I make the most of that time remaining. That doesn’t necessarily mean speeding through the curriculum. I’m hoping to gives students opportunities during the next few months to make connections, reflect and set goals. As we all come back tomorrow, I want to communicate the following to my kids:
1.) The learning experiences that you’ll encounter in the next few months are intentionally designed for you to make meaningful math connections. Perseverance will be key in helping you create these connections. You might find that you don’t understand a particular concept when we introduce it. That’s okay. Learning is a process and we’re all in this together.
2.) Group projects, individual assignments and standardized tests are on the calendar and will be approaching in the next few months. Keep in mind that I believe you’ll will show your potential on all of these. The scores and marks will help teachers and your parents have a better understanding of your strengths and areas that might need to be bolstered. Also keep in mind that the scores are a number and don’t represent who you are as a person.
3.) Let’s celebrate a milestone. We’ve worked hard and have made significant progress since September. Each student in here has made gains and I want us to reflect a bit on our success. There’s more to accomplish, of course, but reflecting on our past growth can also encourage us to move forward with additional confidence.
I’d like to communicate this to all my classes at some point tomorrow. I won’t necessarily read off a script, but I feel like flushing it out on here is a decent starting point.
It’s time to get back into the routine of setting my alarm clock to wake up extra early. I’ll be joining the trove of educators heading back into their schools this week. I’m looking forward to tomorrow.