It's the Final Countdown (The end of year thoughts)

As I finish off the end of this year, today being my last teaching day, I thought I would share my end of year reflections. Reflecting is such an important practice for us as educators and if we effectively model it, our students can use it to become effective learners as well. Blogging is a reflective practice for me and is always a great way to help me share my thoughts (even if I haven't done so for a couple of months, oops!).

As I think back on the 2018-2019 school year, here are 5 things I learned.

1. Some graduating classes are harder to say goodbye to than others. For whatever reason, this group of seniors really resonated with me. While I am excited for their next chapters, I will miss the passion for learning and humor that they brought to the school community.

2. If technology is making your life harder, you're doing it wrong. We are always trying to better our practice and improve as educators. In my first year as a coach, I found that for a lot of my teachers, the way they were using technology was hindering not helping their productivity. One of my goals for next year will be to help ease that burden so they can use technology to assist them.

3. Attitude is everything. I spent this year deciding that no matter how tired I was or what kind of mood I was in, I was going to start my day with a positive attitude and it helped me have a great year. Balance is hard and as educators, we spend many of our days exhausted and pulled in a lot of directions, but we have the ability to help set the tone of the day for our students.

4. We (and our students) need to do hard things. I have always felt that we need to be challenged to grow and we need to challenge our students. This year I taught AP Chem for the first time in a few years. This course is hard, very hard and it challenges students, but in the end it helps them grow. We have to do the same things as educators. What is your hard thing?

5. It's okay to be real. Our students don't need us to be perfect. It is okay to let them get to know you a little bit. My students know I love country music, have a super cute dog, and enjoy running my blog. There is nothing wrong with letting them know that after 3pm teachers are people too.

With that, I hope you have a fabulous summer!


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