I know you are tired! I feel ya there, as is evidenced by the fact that this is my first post in about the last month. Things totally got away from me, like they do EVERY April, but I am ready to get my mind clear and get ready for the end of the year! So, here you go, five things I do at the end of every year that are absolute lifesavers for the beginning of the next year!
Clean up your files at the End of the Year
If you are anything like me, then your files are looking less like files and a lot more like piles right about now. Embrace the mess! Instead of tediously filing each and every piece of paper take this time to reflect on what you did with them. If it worked for you and your students, then by all mean file that bad boy away for use another day. If though, it was a little less than awesome, and not something you actually look forward to doing again then recycle it! Don’t have any remorse over it either! You are a super teacher, and you don’t need anything less awesome than your totally amazing self-cluttering up your files! You will find something even better and you will rock it!
At the End of the Year Go Ahead and Copy What You Can
I don’t know about your school, but the line for the copy machine looks pretty much like a Disney ride when we go back, and my friends there are no fast passes here. Even if you work somewhere with a print shop, the amount of time required to get something back now verses in August is insane. Do yourself a big favor and go ahead and take care of the things you know you will need NOW! Personally, I copy my information for parents, a first-day packet, many class builders and team builders, and my DRA tests for the fall.
I know that this takes a little bit of planning, and even more, time figuring out where you can store the copies so that you don’t forget that you already did this at the beginning of the year, but it will pay off in spades!
Get Excited About the End of the Year!
End of the year teacher tired is something that I strongly believe should be filed as an actual medical disease, or at least qualify us for some sort of extended happy hours/relaxation time, and it is really easy to feel down and out about coming back in just a couple short months. BUT give yourself something to look forward to! This might mean planning to do something fun with your class the first week of school, redecorating a part of your classroom, or diving into something new like literature circles or project-based learning!
When you give yourself something new to look forward to in the fall I promise that it will put a little extra pep in your step for these last few weeks!
If you don’t have a use for it, get rid of it!
I am the queen of saving stuff that I think I just might have a use for one day. DON’T DO THIS!!!!!! It will only cause you heartache when you have to either move rooms, pack all your stuff up, or you just see it staring at you from the cabinet.
I have never once regretted getting rid of some sort of little knick-knack or item I thought I could use in a creative venture, and do you know why? There are always more!
I used to save containers for hands-on materials when we go to our measurement unit. I would save them from year to year, which took up a ton of space and really got in the way. Then, I started recycling them after our unit every year and asking the next years students to bring new ones in. They loved hunting their houses for the containers, and I loved not having to store a growing collection!
Stock Up on Some New Goodies to Get Through the End of the Year!
If you are looking to set yourself up for success in Texas History next year, I’ve got you covered! The Texas History Notebook Bundle is a great place to start. It is full of activities that will help you and your students to organize their learning. Activities for interactive notebooks include fold-ups, sorts, and reflection questions. If task cards are what you like, check out the Texas History Ultimate Task Card Bundle which has 17 sets of task cards all catered to units of study in Texas’ History. Finally, the Texas History Ultimate Bundle is full of units of study for all important aspects of Texas History including the notebook bundle, the task card bundle, dice simulations, PowerPoints, and many other activities. It is all you will need for an entire year of Texas History!!!
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