Now is a great time for all educators to remember the virtue of patience. Be careful teachers. It is quite normal to see an increase in the number of crazy behaviors around this time of the year. Change is hard for many, but especially so for our ‘”at-risk” students. Unconsciously, many of them sense their routine will soon change when summer begins, and this causes unrest, which triggers anxious and disruptive behaviors. Unfortunately for some students, the school environment is the most stable aspect of their lives. Given the critical importance of a daily routine, it is difficult for them to cope well, anticipating the disruption of it over the summer months.
So, be patient… and understanding… and tolerant. I might as well add “super-human” to the list, but you have already mastered this trait if you have been in the profession over a year.
Use this last month of school to strengthen relationships in your class through encouragement and positive interactions. The brain best remembers beginnings and endings, so work to make sure this ending is a positive one you want your students to hang on to as they move into the summer months and beyond.