You are ALMOST at the finish line for another successful year in the classroom!!! HIP HIP HOORAY!
I always loved the end of the year when I could really enjoy my time with the kiddos, from doing unique projects to having authentic conversations not tied to evaluations. I thought you might find it helpful to see some of the resources I used with my classes at the end of the year to ensure students are engaged, that I receive feedback as an educator so that next year can be even better than this one.
Below are my Top 5 resources:
End of Year Reflection– Have your students reflect on their academic school year by filling out this questionnaire. This would be a great organizer for end of the year parent conferences, especially if it is student lead. It also is a helpful perspective on a student’s journey under your tutelage.
End of Year Report Card– Have your students grade you as a teacher! It might seem scary, but I promise that you are most likely harder on yourself than they will be. The ratings aren’t as important as the written feedback they share. Seeing yourself through their eyes is life-changing and will ensure your next year kiddos benefit. (You can also have a discussion about leaving respectful suggestions vs harsh criticism.)
End of Year Advice to Next Year’s Class– Have your students reflect on their school year by giving advice to the upcoming class! I love giving these sheets to my new class at the beginning of the next year and see their faces light up as if they just received all the secrets to success!
Moving Up Day– What will third grade be like? Use this presentation to teach upcoming 3rd graders the ropes! Moving Up Day is a fantastic way to get students excited for next year by meeting potential teachers and hearing what life in that grade is like!
Elementary Student in Training Badges– Great for an end-of-year activity to prepare students for the next grade level. Simply print out the badges, slip them into a name tag holder and allow students to engage in responsibilities and events of the next year’s grade. They will feel so grown up and proud to be in training for the next year!
What are your favorite activities to do with students at the end of the year?