I’ve always loved going back to school. It’s strange to think about, but as a kid I always felt the summer holiday was too long.
How strange was I?
There were just so many things to learn, and we were always so short on time. It helped that I loved my teachers too. I was always giddy with excitement to see them again.
I even remember how shocked I was to learn that they actually left school during the summer. Especially my 6th grade teacher. I remember her saying she had been on a holiday with friends.
Friends? Do teachers have friends?? It was so weird to me!
(Luckily, teachers do have friends!)
We were all so excited to come back and tell everyone what we had been up to during the summer. Some kids had been abroad – some even on the other side of the world! This was pretty much equivalent to traveling to the moon at the time. Some had been at their family cabin, and some went camping. Most of us just stayed at home, though. Despite not traveling far in kilometers, we had traveled so far in fun and games. Climbing trees, swimming, water balloon fights and sleeping in a tent in the back yard. It was amazing!
Things have changed now. After I started working in the classroom I noticed that more often than not, kids were traveling with their families during the holiday.
Except some kids.
The ones that you know haven’t been anywhere.
You don’t have to ask.
Children have various social backgrounds. Some families have more money than others. Some families barely make ends meet. Others aren’t able to. Being a teacher means fighting to erase social inequality by empowering children with knowledge.
This knowledge isn’t just confined to curriculum! It is knowledge about how it’s okay to be different, to have different things and to have different experiences. It is our job to make them believe that no matter their starting point in life, their goals can be placed wherever they want.
Keeping this in mind I wanted to create some back to school resources that are mindful of the different social backgrounds in my classroom (and elsewhere!). The printables allow children to recap and share their summer memories, without feeling uncomfortable or like anything less.
I hope you find the BTS resource interesting! To get started, click on the image blow and download some free printables to use as back to school activities. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic! How do you make sure all your students are comfortable when sharing summer memories?