When the last student departs from your room and the grades have been posted, be sure to give yourself permission to unplug. I’m writing this post with the assumption that many teachers are running on empty and are just trying to hold the lid on the classroom until the last bell. (A pretty good assumption don’t you think?) These same teachers are feeling too exhausted to think about classes in the fall and just want to close the door and put off everything until summer is over. In my experience, putting things off until next year shortens my summer because, instead of allowing my mind to relax, my mind remains “at work.” So I roll up my work and roll down my mind for the summer by doing the following:
Finally, with the year’s efforts in my rearview mirror, next year’s first two weeks in order, and mental closure with my students, I unplug for the summer by doing the following:
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