5 Ways Teachers Can Celebrate the End of the Year
COVID-19 has changed the way every teacher approaches education. We’ve had to quickly pivot our lives from in-person education to technology-based learning.
We’ve talked a lot over the past few months about how to make the most of the technology you are teaching with. A few weeks ago, we discussed how to celebrate the end of the school year with your students.
This week, I want to look at how we can celebrate the end of the school year with the teachers we know and love.
Considering we won’t have that last staff meeting or in-service day, how can we celebrate the end of this (crazy) year with our teacher friends?
I’ve come up with a few ideas for how to celebrate the end of the school year with your teacher friends that I’d like to share with you today.
Celebrating the End of the Year with Your Teacher Friends
Virtual Happy Hour
In the same way that our students have missed the small connections we make with them every day in the car line, at recess, etc., we miss seeing our teacher friends!
There is something so comforting about having someone around you who knows exactly what you are going through, and I think that is one of the things that has been difficult for teachers as things have changed so dramatically.
With that being said, organize a teacher virtual happy hour!
Have everyone grab their favorite drink and meet up on Zoom, Google Hangouts or wherever you do your video chats. Come up with one topic for everyone to discuss or just let the conversation go where it leads.
Just like students, teachers crave connection.
To make your virtual happy hour extra fun, have everyone dress up in their end of the school year gear (whatever it is).
Have A Teacher Game Night
Last month, I hosted a teacher game night where we played Wits and Wagers and I have to say, we had a lot of fun. The game choice is up to you, just make sure it is something that doesn’t require a lot of items from each player. Sweeten the deal with prizes like virtual gift cards or pizza delivered to the winner’s door!
If you don’t want to meet in Zoom, my friends have used the House Party app to meet. There are games available in the app to play.
Teacher Care Package Train
There is no one better equipped to say what a teacher needs after a year like this than another teacher. Organize a care package train where each teacher is assigned another to create and leave a care package. Set a price limit and set a date to leave the care package on. This way you know everyone is involved, and the packages won’t break one person’s bank.
As a teacher in this interesting climate, you have seen how people appreciated you from a distance during teacher appreciation week. One group of students I’ve heard about recorded video messages to send to their teachers, thanking them for all their hard work over the past year, but especially in these last few months.
Wouldn’t it be fun to see these same types of messages from our peers? Start a trend of encouragement and kindness within your peers by letting them know how much they mean to you.
Plan Your Next In-Person Get Together
We’ve all been doing our best to recreate personal connections over the internet, but we all know there is nothing quite like sitting around a table together, drinking coffee (or your beverage of choice), and chatting about anything and everything. Take some time and plan your group’s next get together.
Do you have plans to celebrate the end of the school year? Let me know in the comments below.