I think this time of year is one of my favorites in the classroom. Spring is bringing a change, a newness. We are excitedly anticipating getting back to the Outdoor Classroom. We have projects ahead and want to observe and record what we notice.
As a teacher, this is the time of year they "get it". I met them in the fall as just-graduated third graders and they have matured into true fourth graders. We quickly move through steps of the day that initially took months of practice. Academic skills have grown and become solid. We have come together as a community.
A couple more months and they are off to fifth grade and ready for it.