The end of the school year is for sprinting, not for walking. Like a distance runner who saves their last bit of energy to push themselves over the finish line, we need to push our students to use the time we have left to push our kids to do work they don’t think they can do.
We all know that many kids start thinking about summer and many of them think that the school year might as well be over. They get “senioritis” or they get spring fever. Whatever you want to call it some of them expect to let the year wind down quietly. As a teacher you really have two options. One is take it easy on the kids. Go slow, review for the final and pack it in for the summer.
The other is to sprint. All of the training, hard work, and progress of the year should be put to good use. This is your last chance to impact them and help them with their future. Push them to sprint. You’ll be happy you did.