Waking up, I check the time on my phone. I would be late to work if I woke up this late, even though the sun has barely been up. A sense of relief washes over too as I realize that tomorrow is a day off from work. In 23 days, at 12:30pm, I will be free until late August from work demands. In that time there are 15 work days remaining (1 of which is a workday and two are half-days counting the last day). It’s the end of the year, crunch time and I’m certainly counting down the time until what has been my most challenging year of teaching.
I didn’t anticipate the volume of paperwork required for the end of the year. Progress reports (I’m a SPED teacher) and grades were things I knew and anticipated in advance. However, I didn’t anticipate student yearly summaries, awards, checkout logs and my own paperwork to turn in before checking out. The good thing is many things are due 2 weeks before the end of the year, with the last things due four days before. I’ve turned in some early, but there’ll be many late nights for the other things!
Lesson plans have been thinning out since I’ve covered most of what needed to be done in advance. Since grades stop a week and a half before the end of the year, I plan on reviewing concepts and introducing activities and subjects students are interested in. Once I turn in my paperwork, things should be smooth sailing, at last!
With the end near, I’m also getting into heavy planing territory with my summer plans. I haven’t had a ‘free’ summer, without work on classes since…ever? High school? Do teen years even count? I have plenty of things mapped out during my months of wandering (and paid, woo!) Planning said travels does make for a good reinforcer for completing end of the year work!