It’s that time of year again . . .
- turn your computer back on
- look over the schedule
- get a glimpse at this year’s roster
- meet a new crop of teachers
- listen to new guidelines, themes, rules, etc.
- rehash familiar guidelines, themes, rules, etc.
- open new boxes
- open old boxes
- create bulletin boards
- fill out beginning of the year forms
- create student folders
- rev up that copy machine
- agree to every technology update
- attend trainings
- watch training videos
. . . it’s time to get ready for a new school year.
Take it day by day. Take it item by item. We will all, slowly, frantically, maybe a little enthusiastically, or little hesitantly, be ready soon enough.
In the spirit of summer fun, and the need for a quality break after an eventful school year, I am pleased to announce that I will be taking a summer break.
C is for Camacho will return Thursday August 1, 2019.
Until then . . . enjoy some
- summer slushies
- rest and relaxation
- road trips
- summer reading
. . . whatever gives you purpose and joy, and whatever your heart desires, go after it!
You have earned this time, take advantage of it.
See you in August 🤗🤗
Unless you’re a teacher, you have no idea what the end of the year truly involves.
Here is just a small sample of things that must be done in the final weeks (think 3 or less) on top of teaching:
- input final grades
- write report card comments
- turn in report cards, adjust according to feedback
- file report cards, IEPs, attendance, end of the year checklist, final exams, grade promotion, and any other important paperwork–and yes, file by hand
- end of the year awards: decide, make, send out letters, attend
- end of the year celebrations: promotions, festivities, graduations all require planning & clean-up
- take down classroom (days’ worth of time)
- clean entire classroom (scrub desks, wipe down boards and shelves, empty out drawers, remove all food from every corner of the room)
- take home any personal items (the extra pair of shoes, your water bottle, the candy drawer–all that cannot stay over the summer)
- return school property: books, curriculum, posters, manuals
- return emergency items: first aid kits, emergency plans, emergency signs, etc.
- end of the year trainings (WHY?!)
- meetings and trainings for the next school year (Why? I’m not going to remember in 8 weeks what was discussed, or who I met!)
Optional, though often obligatory, or added joyful obligations:
- signing everyone’s yearbook
- creating an end of the year gift for students and families
- attending added events–the ones not affiliated with your current assignment, classroom, or school (ex. former students’ graduations and promotion ceremonies)
- end of the year celebrations with co-workers/other teachers
The end of the year is filled with a number of added layers of responsibility. It’s stressful, but on that last day . . . bliss.
“A well-educated mind will always have more questions than answers.”