Wednesday, June 11, 2014


It's the last week of school, and students are completely out of control. Doing some storytelling today at a high school I was reminded of a tradition that most schools follow this time of the year, and I thought I'd share.
Seven school days before the start of summer break, the class starts spelling out "VAKÁCIÓ" (vacation, summer break) on the blackboard. Backwards. You write one capital letter a day, starting with the last one (sometimes starting a day early with the exclamation point), and decorate it in some way. Sometimes A is two palm trees leaning together; O is a beach ball; things like that. This is usually the job of the artistically gifted members of the class to do their best.
As the last week progresses, the letters don't only help remind people that school is almost over, but they also have the added bonus of leaving increasingly less space on the board for useful school work. For this reason, students usually try to make the letters as big as possible, to slowly push the teachers out of business.
(Note: This really works a lot easier in a school system where a class owns the classroom, and the teachers are the ones moving around.)
I honestly don't know how the rising popularity of digital boards will affect this tradition.

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