The final day of another school year has quickly come and gone, and summer vacation is but a few hours old. The desks have been cleaned and stacked. The books have been packed away in cupboards. Student work has been taken down and handed back to kids to either take home or add to the recycling bin already bulging outside our classroom door.
And the kids have all left the building in search of many exciting adventures far removed from school.
This final day of school lasted just four hours. Some of the kids did not even attend. I anticipated a morning filled with noise and unruly, reckless behavior. But, for the most part, there was no commotion. Our students sat on the floor and played Uno and Connect Four. Others listened to music on their phones. Some signed yearbooks. Some simply talked and laughed.
I have learned to sit back and observe, to listen, to learn.
All of my check-out items had been completed earlier in the week. There really was not much else for me to do. So I listened....