As a teacher in year 25 myself, I understand how challenging it can be to get through the end of the school year. The final stretch can feel like an uphill battle, and it’s easy to slip into survival mode. However, I’m here to remind you that you are not alone, and that there are ways to push through and finish the year strong.
First and foremost, take care of yourself. Teaching can be a demanding profession, and it’s essential to prioritize self-care. Make time for things you enjoy, hobbies, and spending time with loved ones. Take breaks when you need them, and don’t feel guilty for it either!! Remember that you cannot pour from an empty cup, and taking care of yourself will allow you to show up as your best self.
Secondly, focus on what you CAN control. There may be external factors beyond your control, like standardized tests or district mandates, but you have control over how you interact with your students. Focus on creating meaningful connections and use your creativity to have some fun! Kids may not remember what you taught them, but they will never forget how you made them feel!
Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Your teacher bestie may be your saving grace this time of year, just as you are theirs. Collaborate with your team to share ideas and lighten the workload. I would love to lighten your load by offering this FREE question page to the Most Dangerous Ways to School episode on Youtube HERE. There are more in my TpT store if you like this series.
Remember that you are making a difference in the lives of your students. The end of the school year is challenging, but with self-care, focusing on what you can control, and asking for help when needed, you can finish the year strong. You’ve got this! I believe in you!
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