Look at my little hard-working students Oh term three, how I love you!
So, for me, Term Three is the most blissful of the three.
They know what I expect in my classroom, and I (for the most part) know what they need to be successful. I still get small butterflies in my stomach when I look across the hall to the Grade Two class that will eventually be ‘mine’ next year.
I wonder how we will get to this point.
Academically, I find September to be one of the most challenging months as a teacher.
Is anyone else with me on that one?
All of those lovely, high-achieving students that walked out of the school in May or June, walk back in like tiny little zombies who have forgotten almost everything. (Or so it seems!)
Oh, the summer slump.
Teachers, you know what I mean.
It’s that phenomenon that happens over the summer where the 8+ weeks of summer vacation seem to erase our students’ brains… or at least the part that remembers how to ‘do’ school.
So we re-teach. Things that were a snap in June, are suddenly brand-new skills.
- How to put your name on a piece of paper
- Where to line up
- How to use capital letters and punctuation
- Working for more than 3 or 4 minutes at a time
- How to open a thermos! (So, so many thermoses… side note: why has no one invented a thermos that will open itself?!)
I’ve tried all kinds of things to beat the Summer Slump.
I’ve sent home reading logs, writing journals, and extra science projects.
Some have had more success than others.
This year, I’m trying something different.
I’ve put together a “Stay Sharp Summer Packet” for my kiddos.
It covers most of the things that we have learned in Grade Three, plus a few skills from previous grades that I don’t want them to lose.
I’m spiral-binding it into a booklet and sending it home right before the break.