I did the math recently. With two weeks left in the school year I will be out of the classroom for half of the time. I feel some guilt about that, but mostly relief. I don't feel like any real teaching is actually happening anyway, so it doesn't seem like the kids need me.
We're in the midst of the end of the year assessments - reading, writing, word study. We're preparing two huge social studies projects - one individual and one group. Anything else that gets done is just a bonus right now.
Is there a way to avoid this? Is there a way to ensure that actual teaching and learning continues until the end? Or is it just a fact of life that the last month of school is a wash in many ways?