Sunday, April 24, 2016

End of Year Bloghop: Tips for the End of the School Year

I'm linking up with some other great bloggers with some tips for the end of the school year. Blog hop through all the blogs and enter the raffle at the end of this post for a chance to win a $50 TpT and a $50 Target gift card! 





1: Prepare your kids for a crazy schedule! Schedules can be a mess at the end of the year. Testing, fun days, field trip, and assemblies can throw a kink in a normally smooth schedule. This can cause a lot of stress and confusion, especially for our students with disabilities who struggle when there is a change in routine. With my students, giving them repeated reminders for the few days before a big schedule change seems to work well. Other students may need visual reminders that there are going to be schedule changes coming up. Be mindful of these students because the end of the year craziness is an especially difficult time for them. 

2: Utilize your helpers! Every year we have to clean our rooms and get them ready for summer cleaning, which, depending on a variety of factors, can take hours. Ever since my first year of teaching, I have stressed to my students that the classroom is our classroom. Since it's our space, I use their help at the end of the year too. They love helping me take down bulletin boards, sort papers, clean desks, or whatever other small things need to be done. This is such a time saver when those work days come, I can focus on the paperwork and more important things. If you just dedicate a few minutes a day or every few days to those cleaning/organizing tasks, you'll be amazed at how much time is saved at the end of the year! 

3: Enjoy it! This time of the year can be crazy. Testing, end of year paperwork, report cards, and all of the other stress can leave all of us feeling drained and counting down the days to the end of the year. My last piece of advice is to make sure you spend some of these last few days and weeks of school enjoying time with your students. Talk with them. Laugh with them. Do some fun activities with them. Eat lunch with them. Enjoy them before they head to the next grade or school and you don't get to see them everyday! 

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Hop to Shannon from Teach2Love next and read about her tips for the end of the school year! 

6 comments:

  1. Great reminder about using students to help in the classroom! Kids love to help :)

    Thank you for participating in the hop!

    Cait's Cool School

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  2. It is a great reminder to utilize helpers. I often times have a difficult time doing this...need to be better. Thank you!

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  3. I agree! Use those helpers!!! Thanks!!!

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  4. Yes!! Always take advantage of helpers, great advice!

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  5. I enjoyed your ideas about remembering to spend quality time with your students. School is a safe haven for a lot of students, so it's important for them to know we will miss them. Thanks for sharing.

    Sugar Cube Learning

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  6. Thanks for the reminder to enjoy the time we have left. My students will be heading off to the middle school next year. :(

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