End of the Year To Do List

The end of the school year is coming and what better way to start it than to create a to do list?  Ok, maybe that’s not the best way, but it’s one way that I start the beginning of June and therefore the end of the year. And let me tell you it is quite a list!

I’m sure there are other teachers who have a to do list. One that is filled with paperwork, check sheets, student record sheets, report cards, field trips, lessons that need to be taught, vocab that better be in the kids’ heads before they leave, meetings, questionnaires, yearbook-type projects, Father’s Day gifts, parties, report card comments, phone calls, filing, going through piles, cleaning desks, collecting books, discussions with next years’ teachers, inputting data, reflection sheets, Form Cs, boxing up materials, covering bookcases…

What did I miss?? I’m sure I missed a LOT. I would love to hear from you. What else is on this GRAND teacher end-of-the-year-to-do-list?

Let’s see just how big we can get it!

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Article by Elizabeth Peterson

Elizabeth Peterson has devoted her life to education and to reaching out to other teachers who want to remain inspired. Mrs. Peterson teaches fourth grade in Amesbury, Massachusetts and is the host of www.theinspiredclassroom.com. She holds an M.Ed. in Education, “Arts and Learning” and a C.A.G.S. degree with a focus in “Arts Leadership and Learning.” Elizabeth is author of Inspired by Listening, a teacher resource book that includes a method of music integration she has developed and implemented into her own teaching. She teaches workshops and courses on the integration of the arts into the curriculum and organizes the annual summer Teacher Art Retreat. Mrs. Peterson believes there is a love of active, integrated learning in all children and from their enthusiasm, teachers can shape great opportunities to learn.
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  1. Ted Souppa says:

    We get a checklist from our administration, but ours has boxes that must be signed off on by specific people. Some years it was just a reference and others (like this one) it is REQUIRED. The part that I dislike the most is Complete Cumulative Folders. That is another four page checklist of it’s own on top of the checklist already dictated by our administration. Like I have said before, I love teaching, but I hate the paperwork (which just increases by the school year).

  2. Elizabeth says:

    So, guess what I walked into as soon as I got into my classroom this morning? (besides a mess on my desk that I left from Friday) An email from a coworker with a to do list! (We met during our prep time to go over it, so my pile of papers to correct never lessened.) Not to mention, I uncovered a check list like the one Ted referred to, complete with a place to get things signed off. I made two to do lists by 9 am and crossed off only a couple of things. Will this ever end? I guess it will on June 18th-ready or not!

  3. Martalaura says:

    How many teachers have to pack up all their personal belongings (office supplies, posters, manipulatives, etc)? We are not allowed to leave anything personal behind.

  4. Courtney Connell says:

    How about planning last minute field trips and guest speakers to add to the fun and stress!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Martalaura – I do! Most of the stuff at school is ok to store, but there isn’t that much room, so we need to bring all our personal belongings home. However, it seems like you need to bring EVERYTHING! That can be quite a pain, I’m sure.

      Courtney – Those last minute field trips are great at the end of the year, but they do produce a lot of work. I think we have three separate slips coming from students right now and that doesn’t include all the work behind the scenes getting money, lunches and admin checklists completed!

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