Spring is in the air! The weather is slowly starting to warm up, little green buds are sprouting on the trees, and my allergies are starting to kick in. Also, this week we began 4th quarter. It’s also known as “the light at the end of the tunnel” for both students and teachers. The nice thing about 4th quarter is that everyone gets a little extra boost of energy. It’s like when you are running a race and you can see the finish line and you suddenly notice that you actually do have more energy than you thought because you are able to sprint to the end. There is one major flaw with 4th quarter… I feel like we’re just getting started. We’re on a roll, in a groove, and everyone is making nice progress. This would be the perfect time to get involved in some amazing projects, except the end of the school year is fast approaching. What to do? Year-round school is sounding more and more inviting!
photo credit: The Start and Finish Line of the “Inishowen 100” Scenic Drive via photopin (license)
Here is the list of things I’d still like to accomplish this year (and why it would be so much easier if we were in school all year).
1. Connect with a class from another school.
I think my students could really benefit from using technology to connect with students from a different school. This would be a wonderful way to practice our digital citizenship skills, get feedback in a new way, and learn about a different place. There are so many options available from mystery skype to edublogs and google plus communities and more and more teachers seem to be jumping on board with inter-class connections. This project requires long-term commitment to really establish a relationship. Summer is definitely getting in the way!