Day 181 (of 188) the big assembly a 1:150 ratio of fun
yep. I took all the kids again. In the gym with no other adults around. This time with a key “secret assignment”.
But first an interruption – a science break (blowing up balloons with yeast & sugar vs vinegar & baking soda. Both as a way to get predictive thinking going as well as a way to show what can be done in our upcoming talent show (AGT style – up to 90 seconds to show off their talent).
By then I knew my staff wouldn’t be loitering outside the gym. So we took out the ‘thank you boards’ (white boards with sticker art saying Thank You (name) that students then came up and signed (based on who they worked with). I’m not very crafty but I am trying!
Then a review of the upcoming calendar of chaos that is the last 7 days with students and a movement break. I even had to cancel the Rock Paper Scissors battle we usually have (whole school ‘cut’ in half with each battle until we get to the final eight or so – then best of 3, 5 and final two get a best of seven). May need to steal the school one more time…..but at least we sang happy birthday to those kids celebrating a new age in June and July and August (we did a whisper sing for the first time – I kinda liked it – unplanned, but July was getting a little too off-key…
Then the final month-in-review video. All knowing that we still have a few activities that will make it into the Year in Review package next Wednesday – but great enthusiasm to reflect on the past few weeks of learning throughout the school and greater learning community!
It’s not always easy – there is a lot of structure missing, but I believe the positive relationships I try to build with each of my learners allow me to spend an hour and a bit with them doing a variety of activities and collaborating as a special event (not sure it would work every week). And it gave my staff a chance to collaborate as well – something that can be hard to do at this busy time of the school year.
As a bonus I ran into a couple of families at the grocery store as they were on their way to soccer – I asked if they enjoyed the afternoon, and the moms had already heard about it. As our eportfolios and video month-in-reviews show, if our kids go home and say nothing happened……