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This blog post was inspired by a Twitter post by Rich Czyz, author of "Four O'Clock Faculty." Thanks Rich for the inspiration!
Are my grades in? Did I turn in my PDP? Do I have my Safe Schools training certificates printed out? Did I call parents of students who failed for the year? Is everything labeled for the custodians? Did I save all my work to my Google Drive? Did I take down my bulletin boards? Is all student work returned? It's a mad dash to get all of the items on the end of year checklist done so that when the last bell rings, summer can officially begin.
But what about the "real" checklist? What about the "end of year" checklist that requires attention paid to the biggest responsibility we have as educators? Before the last days of school are over did you remember to treat students as individuals? Did you give students opportunities to reflect on mistakes as part of the learning process? Did you let students take chances? Did you empower students to take control of their learning? Did you inspire your students to be better people? Did you teach students to ask questions? Did you do everything you could?
What if this was the "end of year" checklist that was required to be completed in order to leave for summer vacation? How many of the checkboxes would you be able to to check off? If you still have a chance to check off some boxes this week, which checklist will you use?
Richard M. Hayzler
A life long educator and current Principal of Pequannock Township High School in NJ, Rich is excited to share his ideas and thoughts about education and how we can change the world for our students and our staff.