Why You Should Change Your End of Year Expectations

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How many of us have admins tell us that it’s important to keep up our high expectations until the the very last day of school? Mmm hmm. That’s what I thought. Pretty much all of us. Guess what? You don’t have to. Here’s why.

No one is the same anymore.

You’re a different teacher and your students are different kids. It’s a different time of year and a different mental space. Emphasis on the mental. You simply

can’t

expect the same behavior.

Students are going to have higher energy. Allow for more movement and activity. Your classes will be more talkative. Let them work in partners or groups. Their attention spams will be shorter. Keep whole group instruction to a minimum.

Don’t budge on anything that pertains to respect or safety. But seriously reconsider anything else. Embrace the fact that everyone is different during the last couple weeks of school and enjoy it. You’ll be a better teacher for it.