May Madness

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  1. YoungTeacherGuy

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    Goodness gracious. It seems like no matter where you're at in May (elementary, middle, or high school), students' behaviors are always exacerbated. Sheesh! T minus 16 days!
     
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  3. kellzy

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    8.5 days for me, and I'm about to rip my hair out.
     
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    Seven more days. Thankfully two are half days (we have early release on Wednesdays); unfortunately one is a field trip.

    A lot of kids have lost their minds, it's really crazy.
     
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    We need to finish May and have all of June to go! It doesn't minimize the May craziness--just extends it!
     
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    I live under the keep it real until the very last minute. We are keeping to a schedule in my room and still have homework. It seems to really help with things not getting too out of hand!
     
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    It's not easy subbing in May! Resisting.... chocolate...binge...
     
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    LOL!
     
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    We definitely spent a recess today practicing voice level 0, a whisper voice, and a conversational voice. Not letting myself get into the mindset of the fact that there's only 5-6 weeks left and start pulling out all sorts of random rewards or change things up too much...as tempting as it is!
     
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    Yes! I always found that my students quit when I quit. So, we kept the routine as normal as possible until the very last day. Hard to do with so many interruptions, but I think it's so important. This might work better with the little ones than the older ones - my grade 1s had no concept of the end of the year and simply followed my lead.
     
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    I heard rumblings that our 6th graders want to have a food fight before school's out. I let them know today that they're welcome to have a food fight...if they want to lose their 6th grade end-of-year dance, field day, and trip to the local trampoline park. You could hear a pin drop after that (not that I want it silent in the cafeteria, but you get the idea).
     
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    I hope you have no trouble paying the bills!
     
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    Beautiful. Simply beautiful.
     
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    I think this is good but it works best as a whole school policy! Otherwise students get bitter when other classes are at free recess and you tell them to get their textbooks out.
     
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    It’s really hard to keep to routine when the school schedules so many interruptions. Yesterday alone, we were out of the room for three separate “special events” that were 40-60 minutes long, each. We are trying to give all our quarterly assessments as well, which are definitely not engaging, but must be done.
     
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    Awww, I always did The Mouse and the Motorcycle along with the cheesy 80's movie! I'm moving back to grade 1 in the fall and I'll have to bring this back out in June. I love the idea of making puppets and turning it into a play.
     
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    Some of our newer enrollees are just starting to realize that we're a year-round school. I almost feel sorry for them. :whistle:
     
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    I hope you do. Not having money is scary, and especially since you spend so much on getting more certifications!
     
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    I always remember going straight up until the last day when I was in school; not sure how today's students got the idea the last two weeks (month..six weeks...etc) don't matter.
     
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    From the teachers themselves and the standardized testing, probably.
     
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    This exactly. So many teachers at my school have completely scrapped their daily routines and lessons, and then they wonder why the kids have gone wild. Well... it's because they know you're done. I'm keeping this in mind for next year; my 1st graders are going to work and have our routine until the very last day, or as close to it as possible.
     
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    Here's how I avoided a number of problems that overwhelmed so many teachers at my last school - I simply did the opposite of what was considered to be the norm. To counter the increased energy levels that tended to arise at predictable times of the year (prior to the holiday season, spring fever, end of year), I just stuck to my usual routine until the last day - exactly like 3Sons and miss-m have said. I actually think the students preferred the predictable structure of my program (i.e. business-as-usual) to the mass hysteria that was so apparent throughout the rest of the school, including in the office. May Madness, what's that? Unfortunately, the answer to this and other problems in our school is often just plain common sense.

    BTW, I surmise that May Madness or any other form of classroom madness is indicative of who is in control of the class.
     
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  27. YoungTeacherGuy

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    Hope you get some interviews soon.
     
  28. YoungTeacherGuy

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    There are a lot of factors that come into play when having a not-so-consistent schedule toward the end of the school year. First off, we just completed SBAC testing and are in the midst of district benchmarks. Next week, most (almost all) grade-levels are taking field trips. We've also got awards assemblies, field day, science fair, dress up/theme days, talent show, staff vs. student volleyball tournament, a school dance, and other things I'm probably forgetting.

    Also, ELD & RtI ended last Friday (our clinicians/providers were only contracted until the end of last week).

    All those different factors impede on a business as usual approach.
     
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    One of our issues is seniors. A lot of them have checked out, thinking they're basically done, they'll pass, therefore they'll graduate. Probably true, but the problem is that with that attitude goes the decline in behaviors.
    Then we have seniors who are "afraid' to graduate and are sabotaging their success. We have one like that, I swear he wants to stay for another semester because all of a sudden he lost his mind. In 6th period he started arguing and yelling at me, cussed at me, called me stupid, when I sent him out, he refused. When I called the office he hung up on my phone twice.
    When he was finally on his way he stood in front to entertain the class and shouted things like I'm going to work for him because "I own this f..ing district", etc, or just stood there and grinned, enjoyed the attention. Missed about 5-7 minutes of instructional time, thanks to him.
    Seriously?? There were a few things I really wanted to say to him but we can't. So, so annoyed right now, but luckily I don't have to see him tomorrow because he cussed at me. And I have him 2 periods !!

    Everyone is tired and tired of everything, we're all counting down the days. Our last day is June 7th, that last week is a 4 day minimum day week, with 2 days being finals. So technically we have the rest of this week and 2 weeks.
     
  31. Joyful!

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    I start the last quarter with a breakdown of how the year will end. We work and test until the final day. I send an email home saying that as well. ("As you make your summer plans, please be aware that your student has tests, quizzes and presentations that are valued as a test grade all the way until the last day of school.")
    Then I do the same reminder about week 4. Different words, same message.
    Everyone knows what to expect. I have had zero absences during the last 3 weeks, and expect none as we finish out. I have had zero office referrals. We stick to our schedule. (I have had some of the wall decor removed, but we are on schedule whether the walls are decorated or not.)
    Like others here have expressed, the schedule is the sanity saver at the year's end. It keeps students safe to know that things are the same as they have always been throughout the year. The nervous anticipation is dispelled by the sameness of the rest of the year.
     

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