Summer is around the corner, but there are still a few weeks left before we head off to a well-deserved break. It can be hard to stay focused and motivated when we’re dreaming of sunny beaches or barbecues or that trip we’ve been fantasizing about since before the pandemic. And, that’s OK! We’re here to help you with a few tips to end the school year on a high note.
Plan a celebration!
You made it! You and your students persevered through a year unlike any other– that deserves some celebration. Hosting a safe, year-end bash is a great way to remind students of all the things they accomplished and acknowledge their successes. Need help coming up with ideas? Check out Common Sense Education’s page for over 20 ways to celebrate from a distance.
Know your glows and grows.
The end of the school year is the perfect time for your students to note their glows and grows. This is an exercise you can do too. Students (or teachers!) can write down three to five things they did well and things they want to improve. Putting these items down on paper –or digitally– can help us all articulate what we’re proud of and what we want to achieve. Here is a free template you can use from Scholastic.
Create a summer plan.
Now that your students know their “grows,” they can create a plan to work on them. Do the “grows” include reading? We’ve got you covered. We have a Spring Reading List with great recommendations, and we’ll be posting more soon! Students can also work on their writing skills by keeping a journal to document their adventures. There are also tons of free math games they can play.
Have an attitude of gratitude!
As the saying goes, “a little thank you goes a long way.” In such a difficult year, we have so much to be thankful for. Encourage students to reflect on their experiences and write thank you notes to family members, classmates, school staff, friends, teachers, community members and school leaders. What better way to remind us all of the good we can do for one another?
Take a Breather.
This year was a tough one for everyone, so don’t forget to regularly take a few moments for yourself and breathe. Here are some suggestions on free apps and exercises you can use by yourself or with your students.