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The Last Day of School

Yesterday was the last day of school. It was bittersweet, as it tends to be from year to year. It's hard to believe that the group you've lived with for ten months will no longer be together come September, and at the same time you're ready for summer vacation to start.

The last few days of the school year are often hurried, leaving little time to enjoy each other and say farewell properly. Three other activities yesterday contributed to this hectic pace: our school's annual talent show, SmartBoard installations in various classrooms, and an ice cream party on the playground. In the middle of this craziness, we stopped and I addressed each child individually before everyone went their separate ways. After I finished reading my "the most important thing about..." paragraphs for each child one of my students walked over to his desk and started writing furiously. I assumed he was adding to a comic he had been working on during the week. Then, he came over and handed me the paper. It said, "the important thing about Señora Waingort is that she loves us."

This was a fitting end to an incredibly enriching year. This child's words will stay in my heart forever.

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No answers. 

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(1) What purpose do math stations serve in my classroom?

(2) How can I continue to engage writers without overwhelming them or me?

(3) How can I determine if my tangled readers are learning to be better readers from the books they choose to read?

(4) How can I strike a balance between student choice and making sure my students learn what they need to learn at any given time?

(5) Am I demanding too much from my students?

As I find responses and solutions to these issues, I will post some ideas on my blog.

Any thoughts are more than welcomed!