For many educators the school year has already ended. They are sleeping late, leisurely enjoyng mornings, and recharging after a long year. They are enjoyig the perks of being able to drink coffee without having to worry if or when they will get a bathroom break. It doesn’t matter if you had a good year or a bad year, every educator needs to recharge. Every person who works in schools, needs to recharge. Working with kids all day long and trying to keep their attention for 9 months, wears a person out. Young or old, education is a grind. A great gig, but a grind nonetheless.
For a great many of us, school lasts just a little over one week more. We can see the finish line, but it appears to be moving forwards and back a little each day. Kids are wacky this time of year. And we teachers? We are not too far behind! You know the end of the year is near, because it is very hard for both teachers and students to filter their thoughts and words.
These final few days are dangerous territories. Teachers have run out of strategies to offer students. If the student hasn’t understood the expectations of the class or the school by now, no amount of counseling or re-direction will help. If they haven’t figured it out in the first 170 days, chances are. they are not going to master it in the last 10. Sarcasm and exhaustion are a dangerous combination this time of year for all involved.
I find myself biting my tongue and checking myself constantly. Thankfully, most teachers and students do too. But there are some…
So. as the end looms ever nearer, I like to think back on the year. I like to marvel at how quickly every year passes, even when it seems a slog. I try to remember what the kids looked liked on that first day of school and how much they have changed and grown. I also like to remember the enthusiasm we all had for a new year. With all of that, I think this sums it up best:
Things You Hear in the Hallways
You guys look amazing!
It so good to see you all here!
What a great job!
I like how ________ is doing!!
What are our expectations?!
Do you want to move your clip?
What are the PBIS rules!
We will move when it’s quiet!
Put your bubble in your mouth!
I think you will need to flip your card.
Hands behind your back!
Brown and Yellow
Brown and yellow
Do you need a phone call home?
Do you want me to call your mother?
I know it must be a full moon!
Is it a full moon?
There must be a storm coming!
Well, you should have thought of that before!
Don’t touch the bulletin boards!
What if that was your work hanging up?
Break can’t come fast enough!
Hands, feet and objects to yourself!
Who’s the teacher?!
I think you need a phone call
Try me, just try me!
Wait until we get to the classroom
Put your bubble in your mouth
Where should your eyes be?!
If you need to use it, now is the time
Don’t ask me later
Save some for the fish!
We already used the bathroom!
Why didn’t you go then?!
I don’t care if you learn nothing else,
You will learn to follow directions
We’re almost there!
How many more days?