Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas
As the school year draws to a close, younger students can get excited about the summer break. During this time, the teacher will need to remind the students that the routines, behaviors, and rules still need to be followed.
The end of the year is just as exciting, and nerve racking as the beginning of the year. We spend so much time, in the beginning of the year, establishing routines, practicing behaviors, and going over the rules, and regulations for having a successful year. Then all of the sudden May hits. And, they get this bug, and excitement. This anxiety almost, that their ready for the end of the year, and all the rules go to the way side. It’s incredible to watch this happen, but we have to remember as teachers, and leaders that we have to keep them on their best, to challenge them to be their best. And even though their bodies want to wiggle with excitement of summer vacation, and for ending their school year, we’ve got to keep that bar high. Make sure that if they forget, how to line up, or how to sit on your carpet, or how to do your routines, that you go over it, and over it again. And, challenge them to be ready for the next year of school. For example, I teach pre-k this year. So, I’m already calling my students kindergartners, but when they’re not acting like kindergartners, we go back, and practice again. Just like I said in the beginning of the year. Practice, practice, practice. And, at the end of the year continue that, keep the bar high, and help them end the year on the right note.