End of the Year Insights and NEW Team-Member Collaboration

As the school year is wrapping up, you might be so anxious to close up your lesson plan book and shove everything into your desk until later this summer. However, there is power in the reflection you have right now. While it’s still fresh in your mind, take some time right now to jot down some important lessons or insight you had this year. Was it a new platform you tried out this year? Was it a lesson that went amazingly well and you want to remember how it went down? Or was it a lesson that went in the wrong direction and you don't want to touch it again with a ten-foot pole? Make time in your day during these last few weeks to revisit your lesson plan book to make some notes on what went well and what didn’t.

Also, as the year is drawing to a close, think back to your first year of teaching. What would you have wanted to know ahead of time? Perhaps your building/team has hired a brand new teacher for the fall. What insights might you have for that teacher? If there is a new teacher, maybe not even a first year teacher, but someone new to the team, think about a non-intrusive way to disseminate your wisdom and ideas.

One suggestion is the platform Padlet (https://padlet.com/). This could be set up by you and then shared with your entire team, new teacher included! All throughout the summer, you could pass along information as well as those darn ‘un-written’ school rules! You could also have a column for questions. New teachers always have a ton of questions and this could be an easy place for them to post them to the group and anyone who wants to chime in can. This resource can be used in a variety of ways, but team collaboration among staff would be fantastic. The information would always be there and could be used throughout the school year.

Even if this is the end of your first year of teaching or the end of your 20th, you have wisdom and knowledge that someone should hear! Make sure you have an outlet to share!

Maureen Seidel

by Maureen Seidel

Maureen Seidel is Faculty of Innovation at Northwest Nazarene University in the Doceō Center. She has more than 14 years of teaching experience here in the Treasure Valley and has an innovative mind for engaging students in the learning process. She taught kindergarten and 1st grade and most recently was a Title 1 Reading Specialist in the Middleton School District. She had a heart for the young learner and is excited about the integration of technology in all grade levels. Maureen is an alum of NNU, graduating in 2003 with her Bachelor's in Elementary Education. Maureen resides in Middleton with her husband of 15 years and 3 amazing boys!