Hyper kids, testing, (extra coffee), irritable teachers, report cards, memory books, (extra coffee), next year’s classroom ordering, student placements for 3rd grade, field trips, (extra coffee), need I say more? When is your last day of school? Our last day with students is on May 23rd and I find myself feeling slightly overwhelmed, can I get an AMEN? This is the time of year that I think all teachers need to remind ourselves and each other to take deep breaths, get to bed early, and push through, right? I have something that I like to do with my students at the end of every school year and I’d like to share it with you. Introducing…Words of Wisdom!
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At the end of the school year, I have my students write down their words of wisdom for the following year’s 2nd grade students. They always turn out adorable and I like to save them to read to my new class in the fall. Here is a close up shot of one of the writing pieces from this year…
Before I have my students write anything, we compile a list of possible answers for the different areas of advice. The three areas that we focus on are: Skills learned in 2nd grade, things that the teacher loves, and favorite parts about the year. It really turns into an enjoyable walk down memory lane as we reminisce about all the fun and learning we had that year. Below you will see one of our lists we created together…
I like to break up this writing activity because the quality that is produced is better. After we make a list on the board together, I send them back to their desks to write their own words of wisdom. Then we come back to the rug and repeat with the next list. If a student finishes their advice before it is time to come back for the next list, I allow them to color.
I always find it entertaining to read the words of wisdom in the “Our teacher loves it when…” box. The picture above reads, “Our teacher loves it when we give her gifts like hand sanitizer. She loves that and when I put all the chairs down in the morning and when we give her chocolate.” Ha! Ha! Yes, they know me well! 😉
Aren’t these precious? Of course, since they do such a nice job, these get displayed on the Handwriting Wall of Fame. I plan to leave them up over the summer and then take some time in the fall to read these Words of Wisdom to my new class.
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