The End and The Beginning


For most schools this is the last or so of class, and teachers are beginning to focus on the summer. I know many teachers are busy during the summer by taking classes, seminars, online courses, and some get summer jobs. But, I do hope that you get the chance to take a few days this summer to reflect on the school year, and decide for yourself what worked and what didn’t work for you.

As you reflect on the school year think about the following questions:

  • Did I come out of my comfort zone, and try new things to being excitement and fun to my class?
  • Did I use some teaching strategies that helped my students grow?
  • Did I connect with other educators on social media to get ideas, learn new teaching strategies, and get research on what some ideas for reaching students other teachers were doing? (examples: flipped classroom, project based learning)
  • Did I read some books this year to give me inspiration? (Like Teach Like a Pirate?)
  • Did I do a good job of keeping my stress level down?
  • What personal or educational goals did I meet this year?

During the summer teachers are beginnning to work on ideas for the up coming school year. I found this great resource, and wanted to share this. Here are some thoughts for the new year.

THOUGHTS FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR(adapted by Debbie Silver)

1. Each day make someone else’s life a little brighter. Whether it is students, staff, colleagues, or administrators, make someone’s day a little better because you were there.

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down; avoid them.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, your subject area, your students, pedagogy, psychology, pop culture, history, or whatever interests you.

4. Enjoy the simple things. If you are a teacher that is all that you can afford!

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. Laugh so much that you can be tracked in the school by your distinctive laughter.

6. Let the tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be alive while you are alive! Life is not a spectator sport.

7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it is family pictures, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your classroom is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health. If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don’t take guilt trips. Go visit another classroom, take a timeout outdoors, travel to the library, go find a friend. Trek wherever you like, but not to guilt country.

10. Tell the people you love, that you love them, at every opportunity. Remember that the most unlovable are those who most need our love.

Practicing “Safe Stress!” Building Resiliency in Educators with Dr. Debbie Silver

What do you think about this list? Is there anything you would add to this list? Is there anything on this list that you can see you doing next school year?

I hope that you have a great summer, and a great next school year!

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