Woah! My district has 7 official school days left. But, the end of the school year has been a whirlwind! There are so many events both inside of school and after school! I don’t know if I’m coming or going!
Though the end of the year breeds chaos (organized chaos, mostly!), I always wonder the following at this crazy time:
- It’s essential that we as teachers and teacher leaders continue learning and developing our craft. For many, summer is the best time for that continued professional development.
- How do you encourage your staff/team to engage in professional learning during the summer?
- What are some ways you celebrate the culmination of another school year (both with staff and students)?
- I’m not saying learning should stop. But, I am saying that it’s essential to look back on the year, dialogue about goals met/not met, celebrate successes, analyze failures or obstacles, and plan for the future.
- Some teachers take summer very seriously (for good reason). I’ve heard about some in the field of education who don’t check the work email for an entire three months!
- How do you tactfully connect with your team over the summer (so as to not invade privacy or disturb their time with family)?
- As leaders, it’s also important for us to take a step back and relax over the summer. I’m not very good at maintaining that work/life balance.
- How do you disconnect and recharge over the summer?
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