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.