We have a week left of school and every year I feel hard-pressed for time. There’s so much to do and so little time in which to do it! As the school year comes to a close, I give students time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the coming one. Reflecting is a good way to showcase the hard work students did this year, and for them to see where they started in September and ended in June. Because growth in reading and writing is slow, oftentimes students don’t see it. As teachers we see our students grow in leaps and bounds, but when you’re in the thick of it, it doesn’t always feel that way. Regardless of whatever final essay, project, or assignment they are completing as the year winds down, I remind students of this and encourage them to push themselves a little harder as we approach the finish line.