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end of year reflections.

Here in Indiana, we are wrapping up our school year.  That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, in ten more happy-wake-ups, school will be out for the summer!  Don’t the weeks leading up to the end of a school year hold such a grab bag of emotions?  At any given point in the day, we can feel happy, proud, frustrated, annoyed, sad, disappointed, elated . . . and all for the same reason — the school year is coming to a close.

May also is a time which holds deep reflection for me.  I consider things what went well for the year and things I would like to change.  I’ve noticed through my work as a coach, that this is true for many teachers.  May is a time of reflection.  In order to help with reflection on our writing workshops, I was inspired by Karla Hayden to create an End of the Year Teacher Reflection survey. 

It’s a fairly inclusive look at the writing workshop and is designed to lead teachers to identify successes and goals surrounding their teaching of writing.  To get a copy, just go here (to my wiki)and click on teacher_eval.doc near the top of the page.  This is the third year I’ve used this form to lead teachers through self-reflection on their writing workshops.  The checklist takes about 15 minutes to complete & I typically have positive responses to the process.  Check it out and let me know what you think.

Also, while you’re at it, check out Karla Hayden’s website.  It’s a wealth of good stuff!  Thanks again, Karla, for inspiring this reflection.  I appreciate your willingness to share your ideas.  🙂


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Ruth Ayres View All

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6 thoughts on “end of year reflections. Leave a comment

  1. Thanks Ruth! I have printed this and used it for myself. Now I am passing it around my school. I like to use the end of the year to reflect rather than waiting for September. By then I have will have forgotten lots of things.


  2. Ruth,

    Thanks for this. We’ve just finished a round of release time with teams to formally reflect on their work with our literacy goal this year. For the first time ever, we planned quite a bit for next year on the heels of this reflection, which just seemed to make sense since we’d learned so much and it was fresh in our minds. But we’re all tired, aren’t we?! The range of emotions you mentioned is spinning around through every school right now I think. Enjoy these last days!


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