How you feelin’? Nice and rested after our super long spring vacation? Good. You’re going to need that rest and calm feeling when you head back into school tomorrow morning.
The kids will ideally feel rested to, though they may also be feeling restless, super excited to back, or not, hyper, etc., etc. The beauty of teaching? When you walk into the classroom everyday you just don’t know what is going to be waiting for you.
So, enough painting pictures. What are three things you must absolutely do this first week back from our extended spring vacation?
Set the Tone For Your Classes
What I do like about coming back after break is that it’s a bit of a fresh start for everyone. Though it’s late in the school year, we all come in feeling fresh and energized by the spring weather. That means it’s an opportunity to re-establish the rhythm and feel of your classes. Now is your chance to be consistent in your classroom management. Only call on students when they raise their hands, don’t talk over them, make sure you are walking around and checking in with them as they work. The end of the year is around the corner, so why not go out having fun? Spring is the time for games, but you can’t play them if it makes the kids run wild, so now’s your last chance to set the tone for your classes for the rest of the year. No pressure 🙂
Check-In With Your Students
Before getting right into work, check-in with them. Ask them to share what they did over break in the group or with a partner. Better yet have them interview each other in pairs then share with the big group about their partner’s vacation. Sharing about what they did gets them engaged in the class (what kid doesn’t like to talk about themselves?), and sharing in a big group builds a sense of community in the class. Combine this with re-establishing the vibe and tone of your classes and your spring into summer with them is going to be blissful.
Review, Review, Review
Do NOT teach new material without first thoroughly reviewing what you taught before the break. It’s been ten days. How much do you want to bet the kids don’t even remember a fraction of what they learned before the break? Don’t take offense. I’m sure it applies to all subjects, not only English vocabulary and grammatical structures. Review what you’ve covered between March and April, or even further back if you want to, before introducing new topics.
Good luck tomorrow!
What do you think is a must to do with your students after spring vacation?