Day 144 of 180!

The email from the superintendent came out today!  Last day of school is a half day on June 21st.  June 21st is a Tuesday.  This means that unless students have a ton of absences and absolutely need to be there, most kids will be leaving on the 17th of June.  I’m not sure when Summer School begins, but I’m excited about this.  The end is coming.  I have so much to do.

I need to make a new collection in my BulletJournal about how I want to end the year.

  • The seniors graduating are from the first class that I ever taught at this school.  It’s unbelievable that I’ve been here 4 years, and more unbelievable that these students that I still think of as babies are about to go out into the world as young men and women.  Most of them will be more prepared because this is a vocational high school and they’ve been learning a trade since 9th grade.  Still, I can’t help but worry.  It’s what I do.
  • I need to clean the room.  At least my part of it.  I share the room with my work-wife and sadly, we are both total slobs.  Creative chaos is all well and good, but not when it’s time to pack up for the year. The last two years have been packing nightmares, and I really need that to not happen this year.  It’s too stressful.
  • Grading, grading, grading!  Seniors grades are due this month.   Finals must be given to all grades.  I need to make sure I have all my materials for final projects and make sure that I have clear instructions/rubrics for students to follow.  Grading should be easy, and, honestly, obvious.  I don’t like there to be secrets.  I want kids to know what they’re getting as often as possible.
  • Finally, I need to lesson plan.  I’d like to have these last two months (four weeks with each class, really) planned by the middle of next week.  That’s my immediate goal.  If I know what I’m doing (or at least roughly know), it allows me all that time to grade and breathe.
  • Research meditation/guided visualization.  I’ve been doing that with my students and it seems to be helping a great deal.

Thirty-six days, actually, thirty four and a half at the end of the day!  Crazy!

PS.  I now have three things posted to my TpT store!  Two things for interactive notebooks, and I just added some journal topics for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.    Those prompts are some of my favorite things.  I love learning about my students as they reflect on life, and reflect on the book.



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