I saw this on Twitter yesterday: 35 Things Every Teacher Should Do Before the School Year Ends. Number two stuck with me.
2 - Celebrate success. Forget everything that you'd consider a failure, and focus on the successes in your class and at your school. Now, share them with everyone.
I needed number two. I've been feeling the burden of what I would consider failure in certain areas of school life. I want to be pro-active about those issues and develop some solutions for next year, and I'm bound and determined to do just that, but I can see how dwelling on it right now isn't the best option. I need a clear vision of all that went beautifully this year, so I can authentically celebrate with my students before I have to send them off. That's how I want to say farewell to the last nine months. Celebrate.
Now, to share those successes with everyone.
- I had a dreamy class.
- It was Halloween before I heard a complaint or tattle about someone else, and they're still few and far between.
- I never missed a day of beautiful things. I took three pictures of my students using their superpowers of character and shared them on my class website every night.
- I eventually put the kids in charge of also finding beautiful things. They took this job seriously and were able to identify and celebrate each other. I shared those on my site too.
- I shared videos of my kids talking about their math solutions on my class website to help educate parents about math instruction.
- I often found my students walking around with books in their hands around school. How many times did I hear, "Can I take this book to recess?"
- I discovered ways to integrate the number line into unexpected math standards.
- I taught place value and the power and friendliness of ten better than ever.
Anyone else feel like making a list? It's time to celebrate.