With only about seven weeks of instruction left your time with these kids is going to fly by! You’ve established great relationships with your students and built positive learning communities in your classrooms. As we hit the home stretch there is surely a lot of important content yet to be covered before the end of the year. All of that adds up to the perfect opportunity for you to try some new things and take some risks with your instruction.
Often times teachers want to try new ideas and test things out at the beginning of the year but find it challenging because they haven’t yet established classroom culture, relationships, or the trust needed to feel comfortable taking a risk. However, at this point the year there is no doubt in my mind that you have all built a culture that would allow for you to take a chance and see how something new plays out.
Most of you have participated in some great professional development opportunities so far this year (some of you even have masters class this weekend). I have no doubt that you’ve come across some ideas that have made you consider trying something new in your classroom. What better time than now to give something a try, revamp it and try again?!? That way, you can come into the new school year with a fresh new feeling of excitement and confidence knowing that your new strategies will work well!
It’s spring, the trees are budding, the flowers are blooming and it’s time for something fresh in your classroom. Go ahead and take a risk, try something new, and don’t be afraid. You’ve got the confidence and support of your colleagues, your students, and the rest of the community behind you!!