It's the time to start looking back through pictures of the year. What memories we made together, the good, the bad, the funny! This year our building asked each team (we have 2 teams per grade) to come up with a creative way to show what the kids had memories of from the year. The original idea was to shoot some video and then our tech folks would put it together. I took lead for my team and we decided to do still photos instead.
We'll include all of the kids on the team this way, they'll be in groups of 2 or 3 with their friends and holding a sign. Music in the background. You get the idea. It's emotional looking at the memories they came up with. I sometimes forget that it's not the same for kids, what's important. For teachers, we are so curriculum focused, pushing, planning, grading. For the kids it's the activities, the small things, the memory making things. Field trips, silly songs, surprises. I hope that each of my students will walk away from their 6th grade year with at least one thing that they hold on to. That one thing that made their year special. How do you celebrate the end of the year with your kids?