Well, it is the last week of school. The kids are excited. I sure with there was some sun for our last few days though. I am excited for the summer, but will miss the kids. It's a great time of year and the relationships that we have with our students make our jobs so rewarding.
I hope you all have a great summer. I will put up some posts throughout the summer as I continue to learn and read myself.
If any intermediate students want to go to summer school, I am teaching at Grandview. I am doing a computer course and Reading, Writing and Sports.
Good luck tomorrow night to all our grads!
All the best to the Gr. 7s and the teachers and staff that are going to camp today. How lucky are these guys? Two camps in one year!? That's unheard of. Thanks so much to all those involved in planning both camps.
We are so fortunate to be in a profession that gives so freely. Teachers, staff and parents give so much to the school and the students. Other schools are not so lucky.
Thank you to everyone who does something to provide the 'extras' for our school!
Well folks, Mark Madryga tells us it is going to be a great weekend. Personally, I am going to enjoy the sun while playing some ball. Can't wait to have fun.
Two weeks left. I am so excited to see how much great work the kids have done here at Franklin. They are pretty special, these kids.
Soon I will be posting a link to a website that a group of three grade 4 and 5 students has created. It is in the fashion of the 'Choose Your Own Mystery' books from when we were kids.
Parents should be proud of their kids. I am proud of them and our great school. Have a super weekend!
It just struck me today that we are less than 3 weeks away to the end of the year. This is bitter sweet for me. I really love my job. I love the kids (they are pretty cool by this point in the year) and I think, "I have so much more to teach them!"
On the other side of that coin, I am tired. I commented the other day to a colleague, "It would be easier to not care so much." When we care about our students, we try so hard to find ways to engage them, new techniques to teach them and methods of communication that they will understand and receive.
Well, we're almost there and I am ready, but I'm not. Today is the Morning of Dance. That should be fun. Looking forward to it.
Have a great day all!
The Franklin Fair is on today. The parents have been working hard to put on this annual event. The community in this school is pretty amazing.
Just want to wish everyone a great day today and hope that the fair is a huge success!
This is a very busy time of year for teachers. I am thinking so much that my brain hurts.
I won't bother you by whining and listing all that needs to be done, but I want recognize my colleagues and all their work at this time of year.
Some of my colleagues and I are currently doing a book study on the new work by Michael Fullan and Andy Hargraves called, Professional Capital: Transforming Teaching in Every School, and it has some great ideas and insights.
The main premise of the book is that we have to invest in the people in an organization. Make the people better at what they do. Make them invested in their growth, skill development and success. Give them the skills, training and encouragement to grow.
We, as a group of professionals, have the skills and expertise to improve student learning by creating cooperative and collaborative groups within our community. We can invest in helping students achieve more by helping each other.
Not always an easy thing to do, but a worth while endeavour.