It’s hard to believe that we are approaching the home stretch! This is definitely the busiest, most exciting time of the school year. Much like the anticipation of the holiday season, excitement is building up as we round the corner and gaze down the track into the summer months. However, we may feel about the school year ending soon, the show must go on, so buckle down and finish strong!
Maintaining your routine until school has truly ended will make it easier to remain focused, even when the days are increasingly longer. However, it’s alright to celebrate the countdown, so long as we also take this time to look back on what we leave behind.
Jack Mezirow, a former professor at Columbia University’s Teachers College and pioneer in the field of adult learning, said that “a defining condition of being human is that we have to understand the meaning of our experience”. So, if we know that reflection is what takes our learning experiences and cements them as lasting impressions, it is a practice that our students must absolutely take on. They should be able to zoom out, assess their progress and determine where they’d like to go as learners and as people.
As the end of our school year is around the corner, it is crucial not to leave the hard work and efforts of the year dangling by simply heading off into summer. Taking time to provide authentic reflection time to our students, and to ourselves, we stand a better chance that they will really think about the past year and what’s to come.
All our best,
Julie & Micheline