Ahhh! The end of the school year. How bittersweet! Don’t get me wrong, I love summer vacation, but for me, saying goodbye to students is extra hard because I loop with them. You can get pretty attached to a class after two years. I developed a set of rules for the students for when it was time for them to leave my class. Usually they groan a little and think, “More rules!?!” but they don’t seem to mind these. I talk about this list the last day of school and I also drop a copy in their report cards to save for later. Consider developing your own rules. What are some of the important things you want your students to always remember?
My rules for leaving class
1. Never forget me!
Something happens around 14 years old when you’re too cool to acknowledge your old teachers! Please always come up to me and say hello. In 20 years I may not remember your name, but I will still love to talk to you and find out about your life!
2. Manners Matter!
We spent a lot of time on common courtesies. Don’t forget that. Hold the door for people that follow you, and when someone holds the door for you, say “Thank You”. If a person drops something, pick it up for them, even if they are closer to the item. Always congratulate people when they win or do well.
3. It’s not a big deal!
That little mistake you made, that time I got upset at you, or when you got upset at me, it’s not a big deal. In the timeline of our entire lives, the little problems and setbacks you have are not really a big deal! “I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.” -Charles Swindoll
4. Think about it!
Think about the consequences of your actions before you do something. (How many times have you heard me say this?) As a young person it may be something simple like: Will I get into trouble if I do this? Or will I make someone happy if I do this? When you get older it may be something more life-changing like: I can’t afford this new car, should I buy it anyway?
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