Teachers love their students. They love to see them learn, grow, and laugh. They love watching them share with each other, help one another, and show kindness to others. However, teachers also often find themselves worn out at the end of a long school year. So, what response will you get when you ask a teacher if they are looking forward to summer?
7 Teacher Reactions to the Upcoming End of the School Year
Teachers experience a lot of emotions and pressure at the end of every school year. Whether it’s because they’ve had a few unforeseen setbacks or they want to end the year on a high note, there are a lot of details and goals to consider.
Here are just a few of the things that might be running through a teacher’s mind in the last month of school:
Stress & Anxiety
The end of the year is in sight. Some teachers see the countdown and feel a little stressed out. It might be because there are more lessons to get through than there are days left. They might be behind on grading papers. It could be anything really!
Summertime means the end of a school year and a break from the usual teacher duties. While for some this means taking on a new or different challenge during the summer months, for many it means a little more rest and relaxation. Whatever the summer months have in store, most teachers are excited for the change in pace that comes with the end of another year.
A Cleaning Frenzy
Getting a classroom cleaned up and packed up for the summer is a lot of work! Some teachers save it for last and some spread out the process — whichever they choose, most teachers experience a bit of a cleaning frenzy at the end of a school year.
Springtime School Shopping
Parents and students might not be worried about the next school year yet, but teachers are already planning for the start of a new year in the fall. Fresh classroom supplies and tools need to be chosen and orders must be in by the deadline!
Planning & Daydreaming
You don’t need a big vacation plan or exciting upcoming event to daydream about the milder weather and sunny sky that summer has to offer. As often as students are spending time daydreaming about the summer break, many teachers are in the same boat. Planning out and daydreaming about summer is definitely an activity that everyone enjoys.
Dealing with Spring Fever
Many students (and teachers) are feeling a bit restless after a long winter indoors. While this can be frustrating for teachers who are trying to keep students focused, it’s also an opportunity to take class outside or offer additional flexibility and time to get the spring fever wiggles out.
A Bittersweet Goodbye
At the end of all the stress and potential frustration, most teachers are not quite ready to say goodbye to their students. After a long year of challenges, successes, struggles, and laughter, it can be tough to see students walk out the door for the last time.
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The good news is that after a long year of working hard, saying goodbye means allowing students to continue along their exciting journey. Every teacher is an important part of making the future a great place to be. Here’s to hoping all the teachers out there enjoy the summer and come back next year ready to guide and inspire!