It is the end of the school year for many teachers and a great time to reflect. This marks the completion of my 21st year as an educator. Wow! 21 years! I love being an educator and the best part of being a veteran teacher is that I have the opportunity to work with and help beginning teachers as well as being able to continue to learn something new myself. I will be completely honest with you, this year was one of my most challenging in multiple ways. I had a challenging group of students both academically and emotionally which led to serious behavior issues. How did this happen? What was my plan to reach all of my students?
Throughout the school year, I found myself searching for new techniques to continue to engage and challenge my class of second graders. Creating lessons across the curriculum that were multi-sensory (Visual, auditory, and kinesthetic)made all of the difference! This hands on active approach was just what my active students needed. Their end of the year scores were great and very gratifying for me that I was in tune with my students’ learning needs.
While I was focused on helping my students, there were other parts of my life that I sacrificed. I did not continue to nurture and grow the Amazing Learning with Lisa website and blog. I was not a good and supportive friend and at time neglected my fitness and clean eating lifestyle.
This end of year reflection has really been eye opening to me about all of the wonderful things that worked as well as things that did not and allowed me to grow both as a person and as an educator. How was your school year? Are there things that were challenging? What steps are you taking to improve in those challenging areas for next year?
I want to help you! If you find yourself saying “yes” to a challenging year, I want to chat with you. Reach out to me. Message or email me firstname.lastname@example.org and let me help or brainstorm ideas with you.