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End of the Year Tips for Special Education Teachers by Steve Hutton

Teachers, you can see it: the finish line!  There are 101 things to do before the school year is over - grades, meetings, class parties, and events- but are you prepared to end the school year on a positive note?  As a previous special education teacher and now school administrator, I’ve had years of planning to make the back-to-school transition easier.  Here are a few things that have made a huge difference for me: 

  • Be proactive and preventative when dealing with student misbehavior at the end of the school year. Reteach and overteach your classroom process and procedures. Ramp up your acknowledgment system for appropriate behavior. What you pay attention to will get repeated!

  • Overplan every lesson so that you don’t finish teaching too early in the period.  A lot of downtime in the class can be your downfall!

  • Students like being helpful to their teachers at the end of the year.  Have the students help get things organized as much as you can.

  • Begin a “brain dump” of your end of the year to-do list so you have everything on paper and out of your mind.

  • Be sure to take pictures of anything that you don’t want to keep but want to remember to do again. This will minimize the clutter and any storage problems.

  • Take inventory of your classroom and check to see that you have all the necessary supplies of what you need.  Make a note of what you have and what you need.

  • Start thinking about next year!  Many of your tasks are common things you do at the beginning of each year, so prep as much as you can now for the start of the new school year.

  • Purge what you don’t need or no longer have a use for. Custodians will appreciate you purging now rather than waiting until you return at the start of the new school year. 

Doing just a few small things at the end of the school year can help you enjoy the summer and start the next school year strong! 

What else would you add to this list? 
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About the Author:

Steve Hutton is a school administrator from Kentucky and a Master IEP Coach®.

Contact Steve Directly via email: [email protected]


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