Day 170 (of 188) the double eye looking forward

Day 170 (of 188) the double eye looking forward
Tough this time of year as we have two things to “look forward” too – the closure of the current school year but also the start of the next year. Lots of class field trips, school celebrations such as year end concerts, and whole district event such as Track & Field day (a big event in our district). 
In some cases it is time for individuals to ‘step up’ – for example I’ll be taking two classes later this week to enable two of my teachers to coordinate a Welcome to Kindergaten event for Septembers new arrivals to our learning community. In bigger events it can take a larger group to work together – our school spring/summer concert needs support in the classroom as well as during music classes. And our district Track & Field event takes a herd of collaboration from principals to teachers to CEAs and parents to help arrange opportunities for our students to find success – either as part of a school team, or working on personal bests – some aiming for a trophy, others just wanting to compete in “an” event. 
It is easy to get distracted as the summer break approaches. Easy to start thinking about summer learning (and playing) opportunities. Easy to focus on who will be teaching where in September. And that’s important. But so is taking some time to focus on the hear and now. Learning doesn’t stop. I’ve always taken pride in teaching right up to the last day with my students – in no small part because of my devaluing the importance of final reports (report cards for those still using them) or final entries into eportfolios – but also raising the importance of valuing descriptive feedback which can come at any time with the intention of always providing learning opportunities to enhance the journey our students take while with us. 
Maybe it’s three eyes we need. One on next year, one in the present and one still valuing and reflecting on what we’ve done. Good times!!

About technolandy

Principaling on the Pacific in Powell River BC Pushing 'technologization' in education: blending technology and curriculum seamlessly. Advocate for better understanding of Anxiety in Education (and use of self-regulation) Utilizing ePortfolios & Descriptive Feedback to personalize learning!
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