Being persistent and finishing strong are critical life skills that our kids need and this is a great opportunity for us to show them what that looks like.
“Dear Classroom Whisperer:
Spring fever has hit my class in a big way and honestly, it has hit me as well.
I’m wondering if you have any suggestions to help me and my kiddos stay focused on the work that needs to be done and not give in to the temptation of just relaxing and popping in a few DVD’s.
Spring Has Sprung, 5th Grade Teacher in Montana“
Dear Spring Has Sprung:
This is a great question and I really appreciate your honesty because it happens to all of us. I do daily social skills videos for kids throughout the school year and I started looking at the calendar a couple of weeks ago to see how many days were left before I could turn it off for a month or two.
It’s a really important question as well because our students are watching us to see what we’re going to do and they will follow our lead.
If we choose to take the easy way, they will too and that will be one of the bigger takeaways from being in our class this year. Being persistent and finishing strong are critical life skills that our kids need and this is a great opportunity for us to show them what that looks like. How?
On Monday, call a team meeting and have an honest conversation about what’s going on. Tell them how you’re feeling and ask them to share as well. Play a quick game of “Wouldn’t it be nice if…” and let them go wild with ideas of things we could be doing, instead of our work, for the rest of the year.
Then, bring it back to the here and now and tell them why it’s so important that we don’t take the easy way out and finish strong. Read the Tortoise and the Hare or maybe The Road Not Taken by Frost to bring it home and ask them why they think it makes all the difference to be strong and continue to make good choices.
Finally, make a plan to finish strong by laying out a roadmap of what’s left to be done and set goals to make it happen. And don’t forget to build in some rewards you all can enjoy along the way as each goal is met.
Thank you so much for your question and for all you do everyday to give our kids the skills they need to really succeed.
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