Winding Down

The last time I looked at my calendar it was February. Where has the year gone? We are now fast approaching the end of the year. It didn’t hit me until this weekend, less than 15 days of school left. When I think about it, it takes my breath away. So much to do in just a few days.

Final teacher evaluation paperwork, pre and post test data comparison, teacher portfolio review, 301 data review, perfect attendance luncheon, volunteer recognition, student assessment sheets, end of the year awards assembly, student placement, annual IEP meetings, transition kindergarten meetings, kindergarten graduation, teacher appreciation, end of year check out procedure, golden character awards, summer training, maintenance checklists, new hire screening, interviews and background checks, summer school staffing, report cards and retentions, summer planning, summer letter, room changes, new programs, 6th grade transition, half day kindergarten transition, budget deadlines, final purchase orders, and parent meetings, submit National Board renewal, oh my.

One certainty, as soon as I post this blog, I will think of more things to add on the list.

What does your end of the year list look like?


Jen Robinson

Jen Robinson

Maricopa, Arizona

Hello, my name is Jen Robinson. I have been in education for over 20 years. I began teaching in Buffalo, NY in 1992, as a pre-school special education teacher. My experience ranges from primary grades through high school. My husband and I moved to Arizona in 2001, where we were fortunate enough to teach at the same school. In 2004, I achieved National Board Certification and currently support candidates. In 2011 I completed my Ed.D. in Leadership and Innovation. My dissertation research focused on supporting National Board candidates through their certification process. During the 2012-2013 school year, I completed my National Board renewal process. It was humbling and very powerful to step back into a classroom. I am currently an elementary principal. I am excited and hopeful for the new school year. I also serve on the Arizona Teacher Solutions Team where we are solutions focused in an effort to transform and elevate the teaching profession.

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