Posts belonging to Category Seasons of the School Year

The Seasons of the School Year—July–August—Renewal

“One day in every summer is summer for us for ever, And summer is all such days.” – P.M. Hubbard Summer is many things to teachers and not easy to generalize, though many people have been known to accuse teachers of having it soft, with the summer off and all. Hardly. Generations of teachers have […]

The Seasons of the School Year—June—Remembering

Chart paper begins to cover the bulletin boards and available wall space, full of the excited brainstorming of the children and their teacher of the memories of their year together in the classroom. It’s a ceremony that happens every year. It is a celebration of learning. It is a bundling up of pride and accomplishments […]

Seasons of the School Year—May—Flourishing

The edges of the classroom are a little worn, but the weave that holds the class together is usually strong and vibrant this time of year. Perhaps it’s the sense of bittersweet that binds everyone. JOIN THE CONVERSATION! Ask Chip a question or share your own thoughts! —If you’re reading this entry on the blog […]

The Seasons of the School Year—April—Flowering

Light returns afternoons and evenings to the lure of the out of doors; to sports perhaps: girls’ softball, Little League baseball, spring soccer, or maybe skateboarding, bike riding, fishing, digging in the dirt … and brings with it, especially after April vacation, new school struggles JOIN THE CONVERSATION! Ask Chip a question or share your […]

The Seasons of the School Year—March—Digging Out

March is the zenith of the school year. A great deal of good work can get done in March. Students, in whatever grade level, tend to be quite confident and self-assured about what they know and what they can do academically at this time of year. Students also tend to be less distracted during this […]

The Seasons of the School Year—February—Digging In

Days have begun to have more daylight, the hint of spring to come. But in school, days often seem longer in February to students and teachers. A tedium can come with drab days, unpredictable weather, too much indoor recess and the flu. What to do? JOIN THE CONVERSATION! Ask Chip a question or share your […]

The Seasons of the School Year—January—“Welcome Back”

It’s a simple act of hospitality—offered by teachers at their classroom doors the first week of January—and yet it holds enormous power, this friendly greeting. JOIN THE CONVERSATION! Ask Chip a question or share your own thoughts! —If you’re reading this entry on the blog site, click “Post a Comment” or the word “Comments” below […]

The Seasons of the School Year—December—Learning to Trust

Becoming our most productive selves in the school environment requires a level of trust sufficient to keep fear and crippling uncertainty from overwhelming our ability to learn. This is true for the teacher as well as the student. JOIN THE CONVERSATION! Ask Chip a question or share your own thoughts! —If you’re reading this entry […]