6 Helpful Tips to Help you Conquer the Last Month of School

How do you acknowledge the end of the year with your students?  Are you feeling the end-of-year stress set in?  Do you have a million things to finish up and submit?  Are your students "done" and your classroom is too hot to work in?  If you answered yes to any of these, you need these helpful tips to conquer the last month of school! 

The last weeks of school are a challenge!  This post is for you!  Read on to find out my tips for surviving this last month of school. I promise that it doesn't add to your already full plate and total teacher exhaustion.

This post is full of tips to help you survive the last month of school.  These ideas will help you enjoy your final weeks with your students while not adding to your stress or you constant state of teacher tired.

I know there are teachers out there that prefer to continue following the same routines, so the last weeks of school look the same as your regular routine.  Then there are other teachers that start the year-end celebrations as soon as all of the marking and report writing is over.  Where do you fall on this spectrum?  Leave me a comment below and let me know what camp you are in!   I would love to know.  I would fall more on the celebration end of the spectrum, but I definitely don't set aside all of our daily routines and structure.  

Take care of YOU first! 

This first tip is ALL ABOUT YOU.  Check out 5 tips I shared in this blog post to make your end of the year as easy as is possible.  Click on the image below to check it out.  Once you have your own sanity in check, you can think about having fun with your students.

5 End of the year Sanity Savers to help you to prepare for the next school year.

Theme days!  

Check out this blog post with 5 suggestions for Theme days that will not be overwhelming to plan and won't break the bank either.  They are fun and straightforward, two musts for this super tired teacher at the end of the year.  Click on the images to check out the post! 

Make the end of the year memorable with free or inexpensive activities with your students such as playing with chalk and bubbles, using the outdoors as a classroom and have a board game or pajama day.

Enlist their help!  

Let's talk classroom clean up.  Do your kids help out in the classroom through a classroom jobs program throughout the year? Mine do and are thrilled when it is their turn to help out with a particular job.  At the end of the year, there are LOTS of jobs your students can do to help out.  Make a list of jobs to be completed and have them "sign up" to take on that task.  You will be amazed at how quickly you can have your books sorted, markers tested, and  manipulatives organized etc.

Take a vote!

Ask your students how they want to celebrate the end of their year together.  They may very well have some excellent ideas of how to recognize the end of the year.  When I do this, I always set a few parameters like it has to be something we can do in our classroom or on the playground.  If I don't, then I get lots of wild and crazy suggestions like going to a water park!  See what they come up with.  You may be pleasantly surprised.

Reflect on your year together! 

Did you take pictures of activities throughout the year?  I am always taking photos to document learning.  Print out some of those pictures and have students choose which of the pictures they want to write about.  Gather all those photo stories together and create a class book that you can enjoy together.  It also makes a great book to share with your incoming class so they get a taste of what the year holds for them.

Create a memory book! 

Create your own class memory book to capture all the important events in the classroom.  The best way to prep for making a memory book is to look at those pictures mentioned above.  You can also create a slideshow of many of those images to remind students of the many things that happened during the year.  This jogs their memory and helps them to record some of those memories in their books.  Last year we did this fun movie-themed memory book, and my students LOVED it.  You can check out some of the pages below.  You can take a closer look at it by clicking on any of the images.

Use a memory book as a meaningful way to remember the school year.  Your students will love this movie-themed memory book where they are the star of the show.

Use a memory book as a meaningful way to remember the school year.  Your students will love this movie-themed memory book where they are the star of the show.

I hope you found something to take away from this post.  Take a moment and comment below on how you intend to celebrate the end of your school year.

Find tips to help you survive and thrive during that last month of school

Until next time, 

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