Do you feel like things are a little bit out of control sometimes? Do you feel overwhelmed?
And most importantly: Are you looking for ways to end the school year with a little more ease?
I was looking back at some of the things that I’ve shared with you over time and this end-of-school-year time reminded me of December, when we are moving towards our winter vacation.
We often have the same kind of energy around that, right?
There’s lots going on, altered schedules because of special events and such. And also the energy is high, emotions are all over the place, and that can affect how we show up in the classroom.
I invite you to take a moment and consider:
Did you do something at that time of year to help you feel like you could move toward that vacation with a sense of ease?
What strategies can you use, as you move towards your summer vacation?
And, I invite you also to consider that just like we are feeling everything about the end of the school year, so are our students.
Meet yourself where you are and your students where they are!
We can help make things more doable when we meet the students where they are, meet their energy, and find a way to coexist in the classroom. This can also create opportunities for you all to have fun together as you near the end of the school year.
I know that for myself, I spent the year making connections with all my students and I really want to spend the rest of this time together not feeling…
- stressed out
And I imagine that you did the same and want the same, too!
I want to create ways to enjoy time together in the classroom and plan activities that will produce an environment that will help us get through the rest of the year with ease.
A few ideas include:
- Start class with a check in together to create a sense of community – attendance question, sharing a weekend win, etc.
- Add something that helps give a sense of lightness to both you and the students – a riddle, an inspirational quote, etc.
(Want me to expand further on that? Leave a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll give you more specific examples!)
I also invite you to do a simple check in with yourself about how you’re feeling.
Do this periodically throughout the day.
Consider what it is that you need and what you could do for yourself to help you to feel what you want rather than holding yourself in a space that feels frustrating and overwhelming.
And if you are feeling frustrated, what are the ways that you can acknowledge those feelings and then take action to SHIFT – to help create a positive end-of-year experience for both yourself and your students?
If you have any questions or you’d like support with these strategies, please reach out. Book a complimentary call and let’s chat.
You are also welcome to follow me on Instagram (here) and scroll back through some of the content. You’ll see some related videos around winter vacation time.
You might just take a peek at those and think about this a little more… how can you bring that sense of finding the space I referred to in those December videos into this time of year?