By Angie Harris, Cohort 6 Mentor and Principal at South Vermillion Middle School
love when you hear people (who aren’t in the education field) say, “Aren’t you
glad the school year is winding down?”
Don’t you want to scream and yell at them and say, “Are you KIDDING ME?
There is nothing about the end of the year that winds down! It is more hectic and intense than ever!” The end of the year feels like you accelerate
until you hit a brick wall and hope your seatbelt allows you to get out intact
and limp off to summer break.
weeks of summer break we feel totally spent.
Every shred of everything you had to give has been given. Well, we are to the “winding down” point of
the year. It is the time of year that is
nerve wracking, exhausting and taxing…..but also a lot of fun.
We have to
remember that at this point of the school year, it is more important than ever
to stay strong and stay committed to excellence. Don’t lower your expectations for behavior or
academics. The minute you give an inch,
students will take a mile, and it will only make the last weeks more
difficult. It is never okay to go on
autopilot at the end of the year. Finish
strong, do incredible things, never settle.
It’s okay to have fun. Kids need
to have fun because they are as spent as we are. The key is to have fun with purpose. Be intentional about everything, especially
about making memories with your students.
Remember, the magic happens outside of your comfort zone. Don’t get comfortable….improve and get better
and end in an amazing way! You can be
memorable or you can be forgettable, and so can the content you teach.
forget that some of our students are counting down the days, but not because
they are happy to be done. Some of our
students are worried about the school year ending. They may be worried about not having you in
their life every day. They might be
worried about not having two guaranteed meals each day. Be sure to acknowledge these concerns if you
see them in your students.
Lastly, remember to be flexible and
positive. There are many stressful
things going on at the end of the year with testing, daily schedule changes,
and activities. We have to focus on what
we can control. We can’t control if the
testing site doesn’t work, and we have to totally change our testing
schedule. We can’t control the Internet
connections. We can control how we
handle these things when they happen. Stay
positive and stay flexible! End the year
on a positive note and be proud of all you have accomplished!