Celebrating My Seniors

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My senior IB literature students graduate this week, so we recently had a little celebration/send-off event during first period!

The school year is coming to a close at my school. Finals begin tomorrow. Senior grades are already submitted. Graduation is on Wednesday.

Every year, I use the last twenty minutes or so of our final class period to pass out personalized thank-you cards to each of the graduating seniors in my IB literature class (33 this year). Then, while they’re weak, I hit ’em with some Dr. Seuss: Oh, The Places You’ll Go! This year, I had my students memorize “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley and we found a place to work it into Seuss’s text and recite it together. It was a great final send-off.

But after all the hard work of the IB program and a year in my class, I always feel the students deserve something more celebratory that honors the hard work and accomplishments of the last four years. I call it “Celebration Friday” (or Monday or whatever day it happens to fall on in any given year). Continue reading

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