So I am sitting here in Hawaii, knowing that I am behind on blog posts and homework in general, but the idea of turning on my computer to figure out what that homework is not appealing. I have no interest in checking my email, facebook or turning on my phone to see what messages I might have. I am certain that this attitude wouldn’t last, but I wonder how long it could. Could I last a month or more with no computer and cell phone, if it was like this outside I am sure I could. Even summer time at the beach back home has no computer and no phone and I don’t really miss it. There is too much to do and more sunshine to soak up then I know what to do with, so homework is the last thing on my mind.
I know this is how most kids feel when spring roles around back home, nobody feels like being in school and everybody has summer on the brain. I wonder how as a teacher I can use summer coming to my advantage and get students engaged with what is going on in the classroom. There are ways to incorporate a spring or summer theme into the classroom but even that might not be enough. This is a good time for field trips and outdoor adventures, but I guess the main way to grab the students attention is to, like all other times, find out what they are interested in.
I know the students interest will change year by year with the grad, but after this vacation and the struggle with homework, I will definitely have a better understanding of what students are going through come spring.