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Fast: Five Minute Friday

It’s Friday and I am jumping back into my favorite link-up, Five Minute Friday.

The end of this school year is coming up fast!

With only 20 days left in the classroom with these students, I am in full wrap-up mode. Next week, I am finishing up my final unit and moving toward assessments and final projects to round out the year.

As fast as things seems to be moving right now, I cannot say the entire school year has been this way. In fact, this has been the LONGEST school year of my career. We have done our best as a staff to transition back into our pre-Covid classroom management and curriculum, but Covid isn’t totally gone. And the scars they’ve left on the education system and our students has made it impossible to return to “business as usual.” This entire school year has been a fight to regain a semblence of normalcy in world that is still trying to define what normal looks like post-Covid. All of us in education have struggled with the balancing act of moving forward when things are still so affected by these past two years.

So as I think about how fast the end is coming I am both sad and excited. I am sad because I know that my year with these students was far from a usual experience. There were favorite lessons I had to scrap and assignments that had to be replaced to fit into this new protocol. I’ve created unique memories with this class, but I am still saddened by the fact that their 180 days in my classroom was unlike any from previous years. I am excited because we all need the rest that awaits us after May 27. Staff and students alike have earned this summer break–and it’s coming FAST!

The Ameri Brit Mom

11 thoughts on “Fast: Five Minute Friday

  1. Yes, it has certainly been a strange time for school students. My husband has been planning to start his own business full time for years and particularly planning towards it for the last year and it seemed so slow in actually happening but the last few weeks counting down to today, his last day at his normal workplace have gone so fast as we’ve tried to get all our ducks in a row for a smooth transition.

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  2. I think we are so fortunate
    that there are teachers such as you
    that balance so much on your plate,
    but you rarely get the due
    recognition for the labour
    that you put in, day and evening
    because it’s right, not to find favour
    with society’s unbelieving.
    So here I raise a foaming mug
    of Fosters to you, one and all.
    I would even give a hug,
    for it’s true, I still recall
    the teachers who stood by my side
    though I tempted them to homicide.

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  3. My daughter is a teacher and expresses very similar thoughts. Even in getting back to “normal”, things were not the same. It has been a hard year for educators. May you all have a well deserved rest this summer!

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  4. We were homeschooling before Covid and continued through it, but it still affected us. I can’t imagine how much things have changed and how hard it has been. I am thankful not to be in a school system during this time and appreciate all the educators who ARE there! I do hope next year will be better and more “normal.”

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