Monday, May 9, 2016

Are You Starting to Sing Alice Cooper's Song?

You know, the one about school letting out?

I was certainly aware when I was a classroom teacher that districts in other parts of the U.S. as well as other countries followed different school calendars.  I marveled at the fact that many states in the southern U.S. started in early August and ended in May, which was different from my New England and Mid-Atlantic schedule that I followed as a teacher and student.

And I knew that other countries followed different schedules.  When I visited Japan and stayed with the family of the high school exchange student who lived with my family in New Jersey for a year, I learned about the Japanese school calendar and their trimester system.  On a Fulbright program to India in July, I had the pleasure of visiting many schools in session and observing their teaching methods.  As a teacherpreneur now, and interacting with educators from all over the world, I have learned about even more differences between U.S. American and other countries’ schedules.

Last December, I wrote a post about countries that start school in January and February.  Today, as a follow up, I’m going to list the ending dates for 15 countries.  I think it’s really interesting to see the different schedules!  (If you find an error or would like to add your own country's last day of school, please leave a note in the Comments section below.)
End of school year dates around the world and linky party | The ESL Connection
Chart showing the last day of school in selected countries; source: The ESL Nexus
However, since I am based in the U.S., I am taking the liberty of making the theme of this month’s linky party end of year resources.  Even if your school year is not ending soon, I hope you can find some useful ideas below.

Excelerating ELL Education's May linky party: End of Year Resources