It's the last day of school. I realize that not everyone's lives are focused around an academic calendar. Mine always has. For someone who really hated school, I seem to have found a strange way of expressing it. All of my jobs have been in academic institutions. Maybe I am expressing it by attempting to exorcise the past. If I can make school a better place for other children, it somehow redeems the past.
A traditional last day of school exercise is the "What I learned this year" essay. Wait--does anyone write essays in school anymore? Sadly, they probably don't. Alright, how about a list? Here's mine:
- Seventh grade is better than sixth grade, especially as you make friends and find your niche.
- Dress codes and their enforcement are an exercise in body shaming for girls.
- Middle school teachers are frustrated by the academic toll NCLB has left on students--kids are unable to do what they used to be able to do in middle school. (Thinking skills, writing skills, problem-solving)
- Multiple snow days have a negative effect on building rapport with special needs preschoolers.
- It is still possible to get lost driving between sixteen different schools.
- Fewer and fewer children recognize Barney's singing voice.
- We have to fight for arts education in Howard County. (!)
- Parent and teacher involvement in the process is no longer a given.
- I'm finally energized enough to overcome my shyness and get involved with HCPSM and the PTA.
My husband still rocks.
- Guitar ensembles are awesome.
- Reaching the Other 80% is the next big thing in school music.
That's a whole lot of learning. It may take me several months to recover.
What have you learned this year?