My dear, dear friends, I am here to tell you that we are in the home stretch! Did you think you would make it? More than any other year teaching I had some serious doubts that I was going to survive this one, but here we are! Today's post is all about using the end of year excitement to make sure you are set for a smooth start to next year.
1. Clean up your files
2. Go ahead and copy what you can
I know that this takes a little bit of planning, and even more time figuring out where you can store the copies so that you don't forget that you already did this at the beginning of the year, but it will pay off in spades!
3. Get excited!
When you give yourself something new to look forward to in the fall I promise that it will put a little extra pep in your step for these last few weeks!
4. If you don't have a use for it, get rid of it!
I have never once regretted getting rid of some sort of little knick-knack or item that I thought I could use in a creative venture, and do you know why? There are always more!
I used to save containers for hands on materials when we go to our measurement unit. I would save them from year to year, which took up a ton of space and really got in the way. Then, I started recycling them after our unit every year and asking the next years students to bring new ones in. They loved hunting their houses for the containers, and I loved not having to store a growing collection!
5. Stock up on some new goodies!
This means it is time to stock up on everything that you want to do at the beginning of next year (or for the rest of this year) in order to have time to go through it, and make it your own!
If you are looking for a way to keep your students actively engaged in the next few weeks, I would highly recommend this Field Trip Culminating Project! It includes research, math, map skills, and writing tasks.
Some of my favorites for the beginning of the year are Mentor Sentences that rock for helping students to build their understanding of grammar and mechanics and science quick writes that integrate writing into science so easily that you will want to do them all the time!Texas History Notebook Bundle is a great place to start. It is full of activities that will help you and your students organize their learning into their interactive notebooks with fold-ups, sorts, and reflection questions. If task cards are what you like, check out the Texas History Ultimate Task Card Bundle which has 17 sets of task cards all catered to units of study in Texas' History. Finally, the Texas History Ultimate Bundle is full of units of study for all important aspects of Texas History including the notebook bundle, the task card bundle, dice simulations, PowerPoints, and many other activities. It is all you will need for an entire year of Texas History!!!
Thank you for stopping by the blog, and finally I would like to offer my sincere appreciation to YOU! To you as a teacher, and a blog reader, and a race fan know that I love you, and you are appreciated! As just a little thank you I have a Rafflecopter giveaway going on to give away a TeachersPayTeachers gift card! Enjoy the rest of your year, and bask in the glory of teacher appreciation this week!