I always like to be able to see the entire school year at a glance so I created both an Excel file and a Word file with highlights for regents weeks, holidays, school breaks, PD days, and parent teacher conference days. Both are available at my store by clicking the links above or clicking "Store" in the drop down menu on the "Teacher" tab above.
You will get the actual Excel or Word files, not a .Pdf so you can edit the colors if you don't like the ones I have. The Excel has two sheets:
Sheet 1: School Year split up by marking periods according to our school in NYC.
Sheet 2: School Year split up by month.
You might also notice that the days are in three languages. In my physics class I think it can be a challenge to discuss other cultures without really going out of my way and going off topic. This is a small way to introduce other cultures. It's also a great conversation starter:
"What languages are those?"
"Why did you pick those?"
"How do you pronounce that?"
Some students are very enthusiastic to learn English, but we also have students who feel that English is imposed on them and for that reason, they might resent having to learn it. It might be an odious task for them. Having the days of the week in different languages is a small message to the students: "It's ok to learn new languages. New languages CAN be fun. New languages can be exciting!"
After all, what's the point of doing anything if you aren't having fun with it?
Kelly Garcia teaches physics in New York City to Latino students using a humourous and hands-on approach. She manages to circumvent the boredom of test-prep with thoughtful and creative projects.