The end is near. For many students, teachers and parents, the school year is coming to a close. However, there is still so much more to do. Between now and the end of the school year, my daughter will have completed close to 40 reading log entries. There will be dozens of papers to sign, end of the year activities to help with and, for many of us, graduation. Getting up in the morning is becoming more of a task. At school, fatigue has quietly fallen on the faces of staff, parents and students. As a credentialed teacher, I know end of school year burnout isn’t a myth. However, here are a few tips on how to make it through the home stretch.
Hopefully, standardized testing is over for you. Now is the time, if you weren’t doing this already, to make learning fun. Thus, put away some of those worksheets. I can guarantee your students are sick of completing those boring black and white sheets of paper. One of the things I used to do to help my students relax after lunch was play an audio book (and students read along). Pick a classic exciting novel. For instance, my upper grade students loved Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell, Loser by Jerry Spinelli and Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. Use funny poetry to help review figurative language. To make math fun, incorporate games and art into your lessons. Of course, science experiments are a great way to keep kids engaged. As for you, make sure not to stay at work too late and take time to relax. It will help prevent teacher burnout.
The end of the year is not the time to engage in negative behavior. After all, you want to end the year on a positive note. In order to complete projects, set goals for yourself. In addition, you should be careful about overextending yourself with extracurricular activities and go to bed at a reasonable hour. Finally, you can plan an end of the year graduation party with friends, neighbors and/or family. It will give you something to look forward to and help you avoid school burnout!
The task of making lunches, signing homework charts and staying on top of end of the year activities may be getting old. If you don’t already, use a calendar app or online calendar to help you and your family stay organized. In addition, don’t forget to take advantage of the weather and the extra hours of light. For instance, do homework outside and take an early evening trip to the park to get the wiggles out. By planning some summer day trips or a vacation, you can help keep kids motivated. Most importantly, continue to help your kids get their homework done, go to bed early and eat a good breakfast (you too).
These tips have helped me (as a teacher and a parent) avoid end of school year burnout!
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