Well, we’re arrived. Mostly. Capstone Projects are recent history. Those grueling AP exams are done. The books are read (and SHOULD be returned…). The final vocabulary quizzes are tomorrow (if you’re a senior, both List 20 and the review quiz are on the agenda, along with allusions and Caught’ya quizzes; just List 20 if you’re a junior… the other quizzes are your “final exam” on Tuesday). So here we are at the last blog of the year. We’ve already said our fond farewells to—or shared our fond memories of—our seniors. I’ve sought your advice, asked you all sorts of personal questions, annoyed you with questions from books you haven’t read, and the whole nine yards. (Did I tell you I got a Kindle for Christmas and have discovered thousands of classics to download for free? Wow.)
Anyway, today’s last and final blog, is simply to discuss the seniors’ projects, which you’ve viewed the past two days. While I want you to consider the good, the bad, and the ugly, I don’t really want you to write about the bad and the ugly. Juniors, I want you to reflect on the projects in light of what you may do next year—maybe discuss what you thought worked well, maybe consider a different way to “experience” something new or a different way to present it, or maybe applaud what you thought went well. Seniors, consider similar things—but in light of having gone through it yourselves and maybe offering some advice to the junior class. Obviously, I don’t want you to not address the proverbial elephant in the living room, but while you may mention what you consider that to be, sandwich any criticisms between two praises!