End of Year Tired

screen-shot-2017-02-22-at-10-42-06-amEnd.  Of.  Year.  Tired. – Yup that’s what I am.  Three days left – well, there are really 3 half-ish days.  So much to do, so little time.

I’ve been teaching for 15 years, and I still don’t have a “good” end of the year system.  I make the usual “to do” list, but don’t really prioritize what needs to happen.  I then start bouncing from thing to thing.   I’ll be organizing books in the library, and I’ll go put some books into my closet, where I will see something else I need to do and BOUNCE – there I go!  Wherever I look, there’s something else to do, so there I go BOUNCING all around. I’m like a bouncy ball bouncing from job to job.

I usually start off the pack up process strong.  I file my papers and organize my library, and organize my supply closet.   I pack my teaching books according to unit of study.  I label boxes and really try to keep myself organized.  I start off strong in the beginning of the week.  By Thursday and Friday afternoon, I change from “organizer” to “shover”.  I just start shoving things in boxes and labeling them “stuff.”  I shove things in drawers and think to myself “I’ll organize this in August.”  Does it ever happen? Nope!  I always have the best intentions!

Anyone else “bounce” around like me?  Who can offer me some helpful End of the Year suggestions or tips so I don’t feel like a bouncy ball?

Anyway, I was going to skip writing tonight, because, you know I’m tired, but I just had to BOUNCE into this slice.  At least the cleaning and packing up the classroom distracts me from realizing how much I will miss my kiddos!

Thank you to the team of writers at Two Writing Teachers for this wonderful writing community where we can write and read slices and grow together as writers.  

7 thoughts on “End of Year Tired

  1. Jen, it is funny to read the different styles of end-of-year to dos. Bouncing is not a crazy pattern if you can use your energy to keep you in the flow of clean-up. I think if often bounce but am also trying to be more mindful of an efficient way to get the job down.

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  2. I have a similar style, I think of it as flitting from task to task, like a stressed out butterfly. I’m fortunate enough to have my staff there to help, but we always hit a point where no one else can pack or do anything further until I complete a few things, all of which I’ve started, none of which I’ve finished. We hit that point yesterday, in case you were curious!!

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  3. I hope you stop bouncing around soon. Maybe, it is just because you are tired and need a break at the end of each year. Is there a deadline for cleaning up? Maybe taking a day or two at the end to rejunvenate yourself and then clean up the week after school is out. I am amazed at how early “things” start getting clean up at our school – well before the end of the year! It never seems “right” to me. Good luck finding a better system! I hope you do!

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