Ah, summer sun, popsicles, time at the pool, and school books set aside for the summer. It’s that time again when teachers are preparing to wrap up their lessons in anticipation of the much-needed summer break. How does an SWR teacher know she’s covered enough material? What kind of assessments can she use to measure the student’s progress for the year? Let’s look at how to answer the questions you’re probably having about this time of the school year, starting with your end-of-the-year planning.
Assess when you’ve covered enough material.
Take a look at your SWR text p. 64 for a general suggestion as to which spelling lists you would have wanted to cover for the year. Are you close to being on track? Have you met your goals for the year?
Establish the date that you want to finish up your school year. Will you be closing your books by the end of this month, or do you have plans to finish up the first week or two of June? Look at your calendar between now and your wrap-up date, where you are in the Wise List, and where you want to end. Let your kids know your goal, and plan a party or an event for when you reach it so you can celebrate your students’ progress and your hard work.
If you school year-round, you’ll still need to set a wrap-up date for when you’ll consider “this year” completed and when you will start the “new year” with a new learning log (see SWR p. 43).
Plan the last few weeks of school.
What realistic plans can you make to stay on track so you can head to the finish line with determination and consistency? You may need to adjust your pace as you work through a few more lists. Keep in mind that the suggested schedule allows for a slower pace during the year when “real life” interruptions such as holidays and end-of-the-year activities slow down our progress.
Plan out your lessons between now and your wrap-up date. I know that when I had a plan in place, I was much better at keeping us on track than when I tried the fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants or the who-has-time-to-plan-let’s-just-open-the-book-and-fumble method. Make an appointment with yourself each week to check your progress. This will help you keep yourself on track.
You can read Part Two here.Share