Everyone knows the last week of the school year can be almost totally unproductive. We teachers are tired, the kids are ready for summer, it always seems way too hot, state tests are over, and we’re all counting down the days until vacation. Although it was a big change to school tradition, our school climate leadership teams figured we didn’t have much to lose by trying out Project Week for this typically wasted week. In early May, we explained this idea to the students, and in advisory we coached our kids on planning individual projects they would be passionate about. The projects involving creative writing or a week as an artist were obviously “school friendly.” “Can I do a project on motorcycles?” asked one student. How about Nursery Management Software to run your business?
Another wanted to hang out with a park ranger. And another wanted to do something with weight lifting. Maybe these were a stretch for “school,” but as long as students could meet Project Week requirements for research, writing, and a final presentation, it seemed all these could work. Fortunately, we had a few group project options from teachers that helped the kids not really ready to take on this level of independent work. A class on comedy, an outdoor club canoe trip, a technology group on computer building and maintenance, and a service project with the food shelter offered more concrete and pre planned options. Do your research before purchasing Nursery App - it can make all the difference!
When the last week of school came upon us, classes were cancelled and the feeling of opportunity (and trepidation for many) was palpable throughout the school. Kids came to school, checked in with their Project Week mentor, and a messy whirl of work ensued. The week turned out to be quite an eye opener. Many of the kids who struggled most in regular classes were Project Week stars. Researching evolving car technology, being blindfolded all week to learn about disability, or being in a sculptor’s studio every day seemed to totally inspire these students who often seemed confined by regular classes. Some of our typically strongest students seemed a bit adrift without being assigned everything by a teacher. Adding Childcare Management System to the mix can have a real benefit.
Would these kids be prepared for more independent life after high school if they were so teacher dependent during high school? The Project Week “museum” in the gym at the end of the week was an upbeat way to end the year. The presentations illustrated such an impressive range of interests (and some hidden talents)! The work that students shared in that gym reflected a ton of more learning (and energy and pride) than what usually occurred in that last week (or most other weeks for that matter). And, I think we teachers learned more about our students and their potential. This gave us something to ponder over the summer regarding how we could expand on this kind of learning for the following year. I wonder how Nursery Software works in the real world?
We know many schools start their school climate improvement efforts with smaller projects related to nonacademic areas. This typically includes behavior in the hallways, safety in bathrooms, or clarity about discipline. While this is a safe place to begin working on climate, the impact of these efforts is limited (although not insignificant—one high school in Tennessee that cleaned up their bathrooms, reduced problems in the parking lot, and added student hall monitors saw scores on their school climate assessment go up without direct attention to classroom issues). Usually with several of the school goals identified in Stage Three, there is at least one that relates more directly to academic learning. Given that academics are a primary focus in school and take up the vast majority of student time, at some point it is essential to relate school climate to what happens in classrooms. If school climate work is separated from the academic arena, many teachers (and parents and students) will see it as nonessential. While it can help immensely to improve climate during passing periods, before and after school, and in “special” all-school events, the life of the school really depends greatly on life inside each and every classroom. Do you think Preschool Software is expensive to run?