On finishing the school year strong

There are three weeks until the end of the school year.

Three weeks.

This year has gone by in the blink of eye and despite the lack of christmas decorations, I find myself in countdown mode.

Reports are in the final stages of being proofed and ready to enter. The final summative task is ready to get under way.

Nevertheless, this wasn’t a great week for me,  I felt that this one where I was keeping the ship afloat.

There were a lot of disruptions which meant I wasn’t in class as much I wanted but yet I was busy. The weekend I had scheduled myself off didn’t materialise as I have a project to get finished.  No wonder I found myself tired and cranky when I finished on Friday.

Of course there is always time for a do-over, to get things right and get back on track and finish the school year strong. .

Being present – I have a few kids who will be leaving at the end of the year. Spending time forming memories of their time in our class will be important.

Being intentional – rather than view this time as a holding pattern until the break, I’m reframing it as ‘what small actions can I take to make our limited time together purposeful and meaningful.’

Fostering a sense of team– why do we throw aside all those start of year activities? I’m having more of a focus on building those relationships.

End of year bar camp – I love the idea of kids teaching kids and teachers about their passions. Everyone has something to learn everyone has something to teach.

End of year class party – I really enjoy organising class parties and this one looks to be a good one.

What tips do you have to finish the school year strong?

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