End-of-Year Activities

In my view spring is about reading, writing and the few authentic CI games like the word chunk team game, and most importantly book making, which can eat up as many as six or even seven weeks while you put your feet up on the desk and enjoy watching them work. Maybe walking around faking it. The time for direct verbal communication in the TL is pretty much over by spring.

That’s not on us – it’s the way school has become – a very trying experience for one and all just to make it from testing to June. Nobody else really gets anything done in our buildings in April and May, so why should we try when we can’t and they don’t?

This is all made clear in A Natural Approach to the Year (ANATTY). Chapters in ANATTY that help in spring are:

Instructional Session 24 – Partner Reading and Book Groups – p. 283 

Instructional Session 26 – Pencils on Paper – Eight Activities – p. 292 

Instructional Session 28 – Poetry Declamation – p. 314 

Instructional Session 29 – Children’s Book Projects – p. 320

Making books may not go too well, though, unless they have been trained all year with stories as described in ANATS and ANATTY and also in how to use the student jobs, especially Hub D, which hub has very specific springtime work to do to prepare for the end of year celebrations, etc. The jobs are explained in both of those books as well, and also in the new Invisibles book.

It’s so nice to not have to work in the spring, and just go in physically and smile and reap the fruits of our input efforts from fall and winter.

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2 thoughts on “End-of-Year Activities”

  1. I put last year’s book project books in this year’s fvr library, so my students have been looking forward to writing their own for months now. We’ll start after spring break, I can’t wait! This is the first year where I’ve understood what you’ve always said about sitting back and enjoying the last months of the school year and I think it’s because of the invisibles and the goodwill and sense of community they brought to the classroom.

  2. Carly said:

    …so my students have been looking forward to writing their own [books] for months now….

    That’s what is so great about this way of teaching. During the year, with this spatial curriculum (the star), we can always remind them during the hard parts of the year that they will be doing activities in the spring based on what we did earlier in the year that they will really enjoy.

    Honestly, there is no reason we should teach for ten months a year when we can get away with only teaching for seven or eight months. Plus, if we play the WCTG every Friday and give FCR to start each class, if you do the math, we end up actually teaching (minus April and May, and all the Fridays, and the ten minutes to start each class) – actually teaching – about 60% less than we do in a normal year.

    That right there is one very good reason to do the Invisibles!

    And then Carly said:

    …this is the first year where I’ve understood what you’ve always said about sitting back and enjoying the last months of the school year and I think it’s because of the invisibles and the goodwill and sense of community they brought to the classroom….

    I’m so thankful for you Carly, because you get it. Greg gets it. It’s a bit of a slog to learn it, but the Invisibles system works in very cool ways. This time, though, with this book, I’m making videos.

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