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Best of Works4Me: End of the Year

Teaching Tips and Strategies to Help You and Your Students End the School Year Smoothly, Productively, and Happily
Published: 06/19/2020

Works4Me is a free weekly e-newsletter, showcasing practical classroom tips written by the readers themselves. For more than 10 years we have been gathering great ideas from the real experts, educators like you.

Here we present you some of the best end-of-the-year-themed teaching tips we've gathered over the years.

Ending on a Positive Note

Create Camp Read A Lot
During the last week of school, Amanda takes her kindergarten students camping -- in her own classroom! Tents, flashlights and other camping gear make for a fun, end-of-year reading event.

Six Ideas for a Great Finish to the School Year
The end of the school year can be so chaotic and end so abruptly. That's why this educator shares her tips to make sure your last days before summer vacation are meaningful and memorable.

Spider Web of Compliments
Oh what a wondeful web we weave, when we give some praise and then receive. Find out how Ms. Dannels' use a ball of yarn and "weave" a way to end the year with good thoughts about everyone in the classroom.

Students' Year End Evaluations
Show your students that their opinions count with this tip from Ms. Poerio. Find out why she has her students evaluate part of her job as a teacher and why she loves this activity almost as much as her students do.

Thank You Staff!
Education Support Professionals (ESP) sometimes don't get all the credit they deserve for school success. That's why Ms. Cashell’s students choose a staff member and send a thank you card on behalf of the class. Read how a small act of kindness touches others.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Makeshift Poster Storage
Don't throw away those cardboard tubes from paper towels or toilet tissue rolls! Ms. Hart explains how they are ideal for summer poster storage.

Recycling School Supplies
Here's a tip that gives school supplies that were destined for the trash a whole new use. Read about the way Ms. Bechler's school coordinates recycling end-of-year supplies for her colleagues, local agencies, and preschools. This is also a great way to model recycling and reuse to students.

Sheets for Shelves
At the end of each year, Ms. Bechler puts out the call to parents for old bed sheets. Find out how she uses them in an essential summer storage strategy while modeling recycling and reuse to students.

Looking Ahead

Changes for Next Year
Making each school year better and easier than the next requires not just your ideas, but an efficient way to record them as you think of them. See how Ms. K's tip can help you keep your ideas in the palm of your hand!

Document Now to Speed Up Your Setup
A new school year is always hectic, but performing this simple tip now will help save you lots of time next fall.

Prepare Now for Back to School 
How you pack up your classroom at the end of the year can put you ahead for the next school year. Read this veteran educator’s tips for easily preparing her room and files for the fall.

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