When my kids are writing reports, I often seem to be reminding them about writing a conclusion, typing the bow on the package... And with this class, this year, we are at that point of typing the bow on the package, wrapping up the year.
It was the last of the presentations this week. The grade sevens did projects on Ancient India and the grade six students did individual city projects. I had the grade sevens deliver them to the whole class as they were group projects so that we only had five projects to evaluate. It was nice to see how my two students who came from the Philippines at the beginning of April were now very much a part of this.
Because we were going to have 15 grade six projects presented I decided to let them use a station approach so that half presented while the other half "evaluated" and then we switched. Each student has about five minutes or so to present and then we move to another station. Thanks to the ipads we can actually do this in our own classroom. Many of the kids had become very knowledgeable about "their" city and most of the class are now very confident doing prezis.
The 13 grade sevens had lots to do (last weeks survival give them lots to do and you don't have to mark too carefully at this point) so I let them out of viewing the city presentations. Since the computer lab was booked I let them work in the classroom next door that our Special Education Assistants use. I was so busy trying to watch 15 projects that I didn't even check on them. They assured me that they got lots done but I imagine there was a fair amount of conversation.
Last year when I had a full grade seven I really realized how "emotional" a time this is for kids who have formed a tight bond in their small elementary school and are now leaving for large high schools and will no longer be all day with their friends and teachers in a place most of them have been since kindergarten. I am also very happy to see how our new students have now very much become part of the class and the school after only a couple of months in a new country.