As of 3:40 today I will have wrapped up my 25th year of teaching. Closing out the school year is one of the busiest and probably most stressful times for teachers. I am lucky enough to work with the best group of veteran professional educators, so I turned to them for advice to give new teachers when wrapping the school year. Here’s some great advice from teachers who have closed up classrooms, boxed up books, graded final exams and sent students off to summer vacations many, many times.
Stay on your toes. Stay focused til the very end.
The last day is just as important as the first.
Learn from what worked and what did not AND take some time to rest.
Just enjoy the kids, occasionally talk to them as though they are not your student and you will be surprised at the conversations you have. We have a lot more in common with them than one might think.
Don’t be too hard on yourself — reflect and adjust for next year.
Make a list of three things you did successfully this year that you want to repeat and three things you want to insure you don’t do next year.
Make your copies for the first day of school next year and place them in your cabinet over the summer.
Make sure you save all your files on a personal flash drive.
Read three books over the summer that have nothing to do with work.
Celebrate all the small victories your students experienced during the year.
Say “thank you” to those that helped you this year.
What would you add to the list? Share your best end of year advice with us in the comments AND join #worldgeochat this week as we tackle many of these ideas on our final chat of the school year — Tuesday 9 EST.