Ariel Sacks finds that teaching during the last few weeks of school—when the classroom mindset inevitably relaxes but essential work remains—requires a special kind of balance:
June requires it's own attitude and approach. On the one hand, we cannot give up the hard earned order and structures we've used throughout the year. At the same time we can't stick to them exactly either. Alternating vigilance and relaxation of the mental faculties is necessary or the month can easily go awry and be a pit of frustration for teachers and students alike.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Teaching Now blog.