My final end of year tip could possibly be THE most important. It's one I take very seriously, but I didn't always. I'm tired. You're tired. We are all tired. BUT ... take time to reflect before you go full on summer mode.
This year is freshest in your mind right now. All the ups and downs, the back and forth, the good and the bad. You'll never have a better view of this school year than now. It's also a great way to wrap up and end the school year. (And over your years in education, what a nice collection of reflections you'll have.)
Here are some of my guiding questions:
- What were the 3 "best" things this year?
- What were the 3 hardest things this year?
- What are 2 things that you do NOT want to change next year?
- What are 2 things you feel you MUST change or do differently next year?
- What was your happiest moment/activity/event?
- What was your saddest moment/activity/event?
- Who helped you make it through this year? Reach out to them and thank them.
The numbers on the above questions aren't magical. You can change them to best suit you. If you want to simply narrate your year, that's a great idea, too!
When I was young teacher, I didn't take time to reflect. I really wish I had. Can you imagine the collection of year end reflections I'd have right now as I am wrapping up my 22nd year in education? I also reflect on my "to do lists", routines I did or want to change, and how I keep track of what needs to be done.
The best part about reflecting is that it can't be done wrong. But it IS an important part of wrapping up a school year, so please take the time to do your own reflecting.
Now ... on to enjoy summer!
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