I have a love-hate
relationship with the last week of school. I love the final field trips, the
laid-back atmosphere of the classroom, afternoon walks with my students,
retirement luncheons and my students building log cabins out of random
leftovers in our kitchen cabinet (see photos below). I hate filling out the packet of
end-of-year forms (room inventories, room repairs, etc.), taking everything off
the walls, stacking desks and moving tables and completing all the final
paperwork to be sent home with students.
As much as these things annoy me, I was introduced to another “last week
of school” activity that I dislike even more: unexpected, county-wide, special
education staff meetings.