5 Ways to End the Year with Joy!

What do you hope your faculty and staff feel as they end the year?

As an Administration team, go through your faculty and staff members list and assign an Administrator each individual to Spotlight during the last week of school. Share specific and personal appreciation for the work that person did over the school year. Highlight times they brought joy to school and made positive impacts on the community.

By designating time to reflect, school leaders can set the stage for improvement, determine what did and did not work over the past year, and create opportunities for celebration and empowerment. Emphasize the positive – insights, growth, improvements to keep for next year. Start with personal reflection using a customized End of Year Reflection form in myFolio, then make time to share with each other in pairs or small groups. Finish by celebrating the work done over the past year. Use the information gathered to create action plans and evaluate school initiatives. Follow up with faculty and thank them for their reflections and time.

Create blocks in your calendar for faculty to book a time to come for an end-of-year chat. Ask them about their year – high points and low points – and what they are looking forward to in the next school year. Allow faculty and staff space to say what is on their mind or reflect on the past year. This is where we also learn more about the individual and what drives them as a faculty or staff member in order to make genuine connections.

Use prompts in the Community Feed to encourage connection amongst faculty and staff before summer break begins. Don’t forget to add your own responses to get momentum going. Here are some examples of prompts:

    1. What books are you excited to read this summer?
    2. What’s your favorite summer playlist? OR What’s your song of the summer? (You can then create a staff playlist and share it on Spotify, Apple Music, or however you make your playlists.)
    3. Do you have any travel plans you are excited about?
    4. Did your class have an end-of-year project that you’d like to share? This could be an art show, classroom slideshow, class book, etc.
    5. What’s your fondest memory from the past year?

Isn’t laughing the best? And it’s important! Even if you don’t see yourselves as funny or silly, work together as an administration team to have some fun and create space to laugh at your end-of-year meetings. Perform a song and dance, write a funny poem about the year in review, play a game, host a trivia contest using Kahoot, or plan a reverse scavenger hunt. Whatever you do, have fun and laugh!

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