How Do Great Schools Capitalize This Time of Year

Great schools know that their “good” counterparts fail to capitalize on the end of the school year.

Good schools push toward the end of the year. They finish the year strong.

Great schools push toward the start of next year. They stretch learning beyond the current grade levels.

Great schools push pacing and teach to high students. They’ll sometimes refer to it as “teaching to the ceiling.”

The idea is to raise instruction, so the fastest learners benefit from first-teach and then layers of support are provided to meet diverse learning needs.

How do great school use this idea to capitalize during this time of year?

They don’t just “do fun stuff.” They push into the first units of the next grade levels. They preview and preteach. They lay a foundation of background knowledge that boosts learning for all students at the start of the next school year.