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Top 10 Reasons the End of the School Year Rocks

by Jessica McFadden

The end of the school year is nuts and always bittersweet. How are you going to get it all done before the final bell rings? Our advice is to focus on these 10 reasons why the fourth quarter rocks and try to enjoy the crazy ride!

1. You and Your Students Are a Team

You know these young people, and by the final quarter your students are at their most comfortable communicating with you. Some years this translates into working together like a fine-tuned pit crew, other years may more resemble a platoon in the trenches. Either way, months of hard-won trust allow you to best serve students’ learning styles.

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2. Standardized Testing Is Completed, Dunzo, No More. Hooray!

You made it through … or you can at least see the light at the end of the tunnel. One glorious morning this spring, you will be able to announce to your students that they have finished their final standardized test. Setting aside the administrative work and performance-related anxiety you may face, at least your students can resume a normal school-day flow.

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3. P.E. in the Fresh Air

Gyms and multipurpose rooms serve an important purpose, but there is nothing like heading outdoors for phys ed! Capture the Flag, anyone?

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4. Established Rapport With Parents

Just as you know your students best by the final grading period, you know their parents better too. Whether this means counting on Jose’s dad to volunteer, Jake’s mom to no-show or Ella’s mom to send a middle-of-the-night email, it’s not the guessing game that it was at the beginning of the year, and you may have found some allies or friends among your students’ families too.

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5. Outdoor Recess

Fresh air during playtime? A break from the classroom setting? A chance for the yard-duty team to take the reigns while you eat a salad in relative peace? For both students and teachers, what’s not to love?

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