As I was departing ceramics class last night, I realized that it was the last time I’d have my hands on clay or glaze for the rest of 2008. As we each left, we all wished each other a good holiday season and a Happy New Year. We said our good-byes, exchanged pleasantries about each other’s families, and then headed to our cars and back to our respective lives.
This scene reminded me of the last day of school in December when we send our kids off into the abyss of winter recess. (I say abyss because the kids often seem to return with the need for us to re-teach structures and classroom procedures that we thought were running smoothly before they left!) While I’ve always done activities right after they’ve returned to school welcoming in the new year (e.g., My students created One Little Word to live by in January 2008.), I’m starting to think that we need to have non-holiday related activities in December to help our kids close out the year… to reflect on where they’ve been, before they return in January when they start thinking about where they’re headed.
I’m going to invite my kids to reflect on 2008 by leaving a poem on their desks on Monday, 12/22. Then, perhaps they’ll create some of their own poetry about the year they just lived through. That’s all I have, so far. Hence, I’m looking to YOU for more ideas. If you do something special to wrap-up the calendar year before you send your kids off for their December break, please post a comment on this post. If I get 10+ ideas, then I’ll round-them-up and post them together in a separate post. THANKS, in advance, for your help.
Literacy Consultant. Author. Former 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher.