Well, what can I say... If you know me or have been following me on Instagram recently, you will probably know that I have had a rough month at school. I swear, working with adults can be a million times harder than working with kids sometimes!? It's quite surprising to me that adults, let alone professionals, let alone educators(!) can behave in the way they do sometimes... Anyway, aside from that, the kids have been awesome (especially considering it is exam season right now) and I've not taken any sick days this term so far, hooray!
Due to a crazy month at school, I wasn't able to create as much as I would have liked to, but after my negative experiences at work I was inspired to create a Character Education unit on Respect! ;) But joking aside, I think this would be a really valuable resource for any classroom community where you are noticing some students not being very kind to one another as we explore: how to define respect; how to analyse their own and others' level of respect; where they might need to demonstrate respect; signs of being respectful; signs of being disrespectful; what can affect respect; self-awareness of their own respect and actionable steps to build respect.
I also managed to squeeze in a Character Education unit on Honesty as well, another extremely valuable skill to help your students build positive relationships and a strong reputation.
Finally, as you know I love to draw - it really helps me unwind, so I came up with these cute little Blobbie characters that can be used to decorate your teaching resources! These guys are "page bombers" so they can interact with whatever is on the page: sitting on top of boxes, pushing objects, hanging off objects or peeking behind object etc!
Check them all out below:
I blogged about some end of the year themed ideas and one on bullying this month.
The post on how to have an engaging and reflective end of the year with teens gives you some fun ideas of how to include the whole class in an interactive game show / Jenga style activity! I'm so excited about this game and cannot wait to use it with my tutor group at the end of the school year!
I also popped in an article about how I deal with bullying and some awkward classroom relationships as I have been noticing more and more of that happening as the year goes on... and if I have then others must be as well! Especially if like me, you still have a long while to go until you break up for the summer!
And speaking of breaking up for the summer, my final post was about how we can encourage the learning to continue over the break so students don't just think of learning happening at school: it is a life-long thing that it is possible some might need training in!
So due to my "work dramas", I have been a little quiet on Social Media this month. I am still sharing my peak of the week with you on Instagram though so you can see some of my teacher highlights, which hopefully encourage you to do the same (even if mentally!).
Nothing major has happened this month - it's a crazy busy time of year so I've just been trying to have some downtime to relax and get through it all! Fortunately, we have a half term break in the UK right now so I am relieved to have a week off where I can actually hang out with some friends and unwind!
That's all from me, I hope you have had a great May! Have you broken up for the summer yet? How long have you still got left? I wish you a well deserved rest!