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Ending the Year with Intention

When this post goes live, there will be just 13 teaching days left in my school year. The end is coming quickly and more than ever, every minute counts. I’m thinking about how to spend each moment with the readers and writers I learn alongside and teach.

What will we make time for?

What will we let go?

What are our plans and hopes as we go forth as readers and writers?

These last days will include time for reflection, time for celebration, time for making plans for summer reading and writing and time for looking ahead to the next school year.

What might reflection look like?

  • Looking back through folders, notebooks, and even anchor charts and noticing and naming growth. This could happen with writing partners, with teachers during conferring conversations, or individually.
  • Conversations about writing highs and lows from the year.
  • Creating end-of-year writer heart maps.
  • Writing about writing.
  • Creating, conducting, and recording writing partner interviews.
  • Writing letters about writing workshop for next year’s students who will be in that class.

What might celebration look like?

  • Inviting members of the wider school community to come into the workshop and listen to writers’ stories.
  • An end of year family writing night.
  • Pairing up with buddies in another grade to share writing.
  • A popcorn and poetry party or a slice or pizza and slice of life party.
  • Sharing superlatives for each writer in the class.

What might making plans for summer reading and writing look like?

  • If you missed our recent blog series, please look back. You’ll find lots of great ideas.
  • If you missed our Twitter chat on Monday night, here’s the link to the storify with more ideas for summer learning.
  • Helping students create TBR (To Be Read) and TBW (To Be Written) lists.
  • Sharing your own TBR and TBW lists.
  • Creating individual posters with reading and writing plans, goals and ideas.
  • Creating anchor charts with topic ideas

The end of the school year has a way of sneaking up on all of us. Assessments, deadlines, and year-end events fill our days. Let’s make sure to end the year with intention and let’s reserve time to reflect on and celebrate the growth our writers have made.

6 thoughts on “Ending the Year with Intention

  1. My time with my students will be reduced by 25 minutes each day. With 7th graders, that is a critical reduction of time! Every day next year will have to be filled with intentional outcomes, so intentional planning is a priority for me this summer!


  2. Lisa,
    As my classroom days are even more limited I am feeling incredible pressure! Thank you for reminding me to evaluate my priorities. It’s time to decide what will have the most lasting impact on kids and their families!
    I am considering a family night to share writing. It’s always so difficult to send home writing in a way that parents can appreciate and comprehend the work that has been put into writing.


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