My End of the Year Checklist

Sunday, May 20, 2018 2 comments
The end of the year is always an exciting time! For me it means wrapping up the current school year while bouncing around new ideas for what I'd like to do differently next year. This summer I've got big plans to revamp my Flexible Seating classroom (read more about that here) so I'm going to need all the time I can get! Did you know there are little things you can do right now, at the end of the year, to save you time at the beginning of the next school year?!

Think about all the forms you'll need to start the year and RESTOCK! 

That means making sure I have plenty of F&P and IRA reading forms in my classroom. Since I just wrapped up my end of the year testing, I make sure to refill my binder so I'm ready to go in August.

PRINT and PREP back to school handouts! 

We host "Sneak a Peek" night and I know what handouts I will use, the same ones I used last year! Take 2-3 minutes now to print them and stash them away. It's one less thing to worry about when you're running around like a madman making sure your room looks perfect for your new bunch of kiddos!

Write your student notes now!

I don't know about you, but I always find a way to strategically plan a movie to land during the last week of school ;) I use this time to write my student notes that will get mailed out in August. Each year I send out 2 sets of student notes - 1 set to my current class, wishing them good luck in their new class and another set to my new kiddos, welcoming them to 4th! I won't know the names of my new students until late July/early August, but my message is done and I'll have to do is fill in their names!

Update Technology

  • Google Classrooms - As we get to the last week of school, I clear out my Google Classrooms. I update the names for the next school year and prep my slides so kids are ready to join as soon as we get back to work in August.

  • Blog/Class Website - I take about 30 minutes to update my class website. Chances are your parents will take a peek once they find out you're going to be their child's teacher in the fall. The last thing you want is outdated information!

What do you do at the end of the year to make your transition back to the classroom easier? I'd love to hear from you! Share your best tips and tricks in the comments!
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