The school year is wrapping up and, as always, there is a lot to think about. Teachers, students, and the classroom have been on our minds all year long. How will you support your students as they enter finals? Do you have summer plans for yourself? How will you reflect on your semester? How will you celebrate you students’ accomplishments and how will you address their challenges? How will you celebrate you and your colleagues accomplishments?
There is a lot that happens during the course of a semester and a year. It is important to take some time to unpack everything that has happened. We are big supporters of reflection; taking time and space to analyze what worked and what didn’t. As you reflect, it can be easy to be critical of what didn’t work, but how will you advocate for what did work? It is just as important to understand what worked in the classroom as what didn’t.
This is also a good time to connect with colleagues beyond the grind of the school week. How can you reach out to them beyond your day-to-day contact? How will you maintain to the ones moving on and how will you reach out to the new ones joining you in the summer and fall?
The summer is an ideal time to gain perspective on the year, on your students, and on you. There are a million ways to spend these weeks and months and we want to do everything we can to prepare you and share your thoughts and impressions on this time we have been waiting for all year.
Before diving into the answers, what are some questions you have about the end of the year? What are you looking forward to? What are you looking to accomplish? What is the first thing you want to change? How can you make the best possible space to reflect and understand how the semester went? What are you most proud of? How can you better connect with colleagues? If you travel (and it doesn’t have to be far) where will you go?