Sunday, May 22, 2011

A Strong Finish, Part II

The year is almost over. Some days you wish it already was over. Some days you are sad that your students will be going on summer vacation soon. Here are some tips for finishing the year strong and taking care of yourself.

Three Energizing Ideas for You

Focus on what really needs to be graded
It is the end of the year. Do you really need to grade everything that comes across your desk? No. Focus on what really matters, and don't try to do it all. It is ok for you to do less. It is ok to say that something was in-class practice, and not grade it. This is true any time of the year!

Invite a colleague to take a walk
Is there someone at your school that is a good teacher, but you don't really know. Ask that person to take a walk with you during lunch or after school. You will both get some great exercise, which will boost your energy levels. At the same time, you will get to know another teacher and might even get some good ideas for ending the year strong.

Write a Reflection
Take a timer and set it for 10 minutes. Take 10 minutes to write about what has gone really well this year that you would like to do more of. Now is the perfect time to focus on what has worked this year and reflect on your successes. Do more of those activities for the last weeks of school. You and your students will feel energized.

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