This evening as I was cruising around Twitter, I came across this quote from John Bernia:
There are 4 remaining days this calendar year to impact student achievement. Make something happen.
As I pondered this quote I was reminded of the awesome responsibility that we have as educators. I was also reminded about how frustrating the last few days of school before a break can be. Don't get me wrong, I love a break as much as anyone, but I have always cringed at the decreased rigor that is sometimes seen in classrooms as a break approaches.
As educators, we need to keep these words from John Bernia in mind. How will we impact student achievement today?
Pernille Ripp writes of how we should not take a break from learning just because it's the holidays and I couldn't agree more. So before you show that video or have kids cut out 5,000 paper snowflakes remember you have the power to impact student achievement, inspire risk taking, and empower problem solvers. Embrace the holidays by engaging students in meaningful learning.
publish a writing piece.
write book recommendations
create lists of books and reading plans for break---join the READABRATION.
delve into persuasive writing or opinion pieces.
spend some extra time reading.
participate in book clubs.
self-assess, reflect on learning and write goals for their learning in the new year.
learn through inquiry.
create a final project and present their learning to others.
ask questions and search for answers.
The possibilities are endless...
What will your impact be?
I hope my blog posts inspire risk taking and new ways of thinking. I hope to connect with other educators on our journey to always do what's best for children.