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Never Count Down to the Last Day of School


April 03, 2014

Found In: routines & procedures, staying on task

My best advice for curing Spring Fever is to never begin a countdown to the last day of school. If you begin tracking how much time is left in the school year — whether you do it 2 weeks out or 1 month out, or whenever you do it, as soon as you start — the kids will be done!

In my experience, even if I continued teaching to the standards and made lessons engaging and fun, and even if I continually reminded students that their homework, tests and quizzes still counted towards their final grades, I couldn’t get them refocused on school work once we’d begun the countdown. It was as if the entire fourth quarter was one long party, interrupted by school.

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