The Home Stretch
Tomorrow is the last day of May. This means that we are officially in the home stretch...just over 3 weeks of school left. Summer is bearing down upon us and the sun is shining brightly.
This means trouble for teachers! Not always, mind you, but often, this time of year becomes trying at school. Kids long to be outside, to be running, jumping, anything but school. Teachers, too, are looking forward to the end...to their break from the grades, the lessons, the discipline of each day--and yet, there are still 3 weeks to fit in as much learning as possible!
So, the question is, how do we reconcile these two things? The need to get out, and the learning that still has to get done?
Answer: We take the classroom outside! Teachers are encouraged, as much as possible, to maximize their creative efforts (not easy to do, especially after 9 months of expending their creativity), and to think outside the box. We are on such a great property for this--with a large field and picnic tables, learning can easily move from the classroom to the outdoors. The forest, rail trail, and Selkirk campus also lend themselves to creative education.
We have 17 days of instruction left. We plan to make the most of them!