What is the worst thing about the end of the school year for teachers?
Is it saying goodbye to students? Packing up a classroom? Revising the curriculum for next year?
I'd say it's a toss up between trying to maintain the attention of students who have already mentally started summer break and all the end of year marking/ exams.
None of the above. It definitely has to be grading all of the final exams and assigning final grades to students. When you have exam papers from over 300 students, this can be quite a chore!
It is all of the paperwork that keeps us from doing what we love - teaching! I became a teacher so that I could work with children, but I am doing less and less of that these days. Testing is the main theme - lots and lots of it. And I am spending countless hours grading all sorts of tests. I am still trying hard to infuse meaningful learning experiences into the daily grind but there is little time. Today I had my students make a list of all of their favorite memories this school year. Here are some of the things they wrote: reading the City of Ember, seeing the movie, having a classroom fashion show (descriptive writing of their clothing), our pet Anoles (lizards), playing multiplication Bingo, our classroom store (using "debit" cards), trip to the math/science center, making friends....I have decided to pursue a different career - because teaching has become testing.
The worst thing is that the teachers are just as ready to be done as the students are!
My wife was a teacher. THe worse thing about the end of the year is having to take down all decorations, pack all books, for a period of eight to 10 weeks, only to come back that the walls were not painted and the floor was not waxed as promised and all of your furniture has been move (borrowed) by other classrooms for summer programs that you have to round up and then redecorate your room./
Letting go of the children you have spent a year working with is the hardest thing to do. You send them off to some other teacher for the following year, and hope they understand all the hard work you put into helping them. It is knowing they can go on that is important, and at that point the teacher does not know their future.
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