A group of terrific Teacher-Authors recently attended an event in Dallas, Texas (with 100+ local educators!) where they shared tips and resources for finishing the school year strong. Take a look and consider bringing some of these ideas into your classroom before school’s out!
“Give your students memories! Put together a special picture album or photo slide show to give each student at the end of the school year. It will be treasured for many years to come and remind students about all of the fun learning that took place in your classroom.” – Yeehaw Teaching in Texas
“Begin connecting with teachers both in and outside of your school who will build you up when you’re feeling down!” – Princess Netherly
“Consistent summer practice with academic skills is imperative for students to maintain the progress they make during the school year! Educating parents and students about the importance of summer practice and providing fun and engaging resources to facilitate this practice are the best “end of year” gifts teachers can provide for students! Use the suggestions and activities provided in “Preventing Summer Slide, Helping Students Thrive” to get students and parents excited about building academic skills this summer!” – SK Designs
“Plan meaningful and fun activities that your students will remember! Incorporate goals for the new year as part of their reflection. Make a countdown more of a celebration of your time together!” – Teach Create Motivate
“The end of the year can be an important time of reflection for your students! By planning a student survey, you can prompt students to reflect on their growth and gain important feedback to make your classroom even better.” – Maneuvering the Middle
“Providing parents with fun, engaging, educational resources to use over the summer with their child is a great way to partner with them! Use this FREE summer bucket list to send students home with many ideas!” – Amanda Richardson
“‘Suit up for Summer’ with fun end of year activities and ‘lei’ down that summer stress by getting a head start on preparing those back to school activities!” – Michelle Hudgeons
“Reflect on your year while your memory is fresh! Start thinking about the classroom culture you want to create and things you want to ! In August, it’s hard to remember so write it all down in May! :)” – Haley O’Connor
“We all know how excited EVERYONE gets for summer, but its also a great time for students to reflect on their upcoming year. Shift their mindset from summer to promotion and goal setting for the new year.” – Resource to Desk
“We all know that when children set their eyes on an upcoming summer break, behavior can begin to slip. Set the stage to engage while keeping behavior in check. Keep your students focused so that learning can take place through the last day of school with a balloon countdown that is tied to positively reinforcing behavior!” – The Teaching Texan
These Teacher-Authors also put together a video in which they talk a little more about these end-of-year ideas. Check it out here!