I will spend a lot of the next five weeks reminding my students that “school is not over yet.” This is the mantra droned incessantly by teachers the world over. I’m quite sure of this even though I don’t personally know teachers the world over.
That being said, my mind is already on summer break. It has to do with the time change. All of that lovely daylight still left at 6:40. . .breezes blowing. . .no misquitos just yet. . . Curses to Benjamin Franklin. . .couldn’t he have waited until the end of May??? Of course, during his time, the children who were the same age as the ones I teach (11 and 12) were in the fields right now–or out of school altogether.
So I will have to be conscientious over the next few weeks. . .I am already amazed that the year is over. I am planning to read two really fun novels after our HUGEMONGOUS standardized test this week. Hopefully that will pull in even the hold-outs and we will end the year on a positive note. In case you are interested they are House on Hackman’s Hill (Joan Lowery Nixon) and The Cay (Theodore Taylor). The former is a good book for kids who don’t like to read. . .a mystery about a mummy with every chapter ending in a cliff hanger. The other is something I would dearly LOVE to see made into a movie–a must for any middle school aged kid and a completely enjoyable quick read for an adult.
Now to the supper dishes. . .after all, “School is not over yet,” and there will be no time to do them tomorrow. Just a dirty kitchen to clean before I can cook dinner.
That Ben and his big ideas.