A Day In the Life

The Beginning of the Year vs. The End of the Year

We’re approaching the most wonderful time in the school year. That time we’ve been looking forward to ever since we walked through the doors back in August/September. Yup, that’s right, the end of the school year. That glorious time of the year when students and teachers alike come to the mutual, unspoken agreement that no one gives a f* anymore, so let’s let it all hang out.
Don’t pretend like you don’t know what I’m talking about. You know. Oh yes, you. know. A lot has happened this year. You’ve dealt with a lot this year. You’re feeling the weariness. The exhaustion. The effects of being beat down by administration, colleagues, parents and students. And ultimately, things… have… changed from the start of the school year to the end. 
Let’s compare, shall we?

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What do you think? Are you ready for The End of the School Year yet?

17 thoughts on “The Beginning of the Year vs. The End of the Year

  1. You hit it on the head! Especially the part about assemblies… I had my worst 6th grade class all set to miss art on Friday due to guest reader day but apparently the schedule changed and they emailed me to ask if they could still come to art after all. I can't lie… I was bummed. LOL!


  2. I am counting the days. In fact I am counting the days in several different ways: Actual days including weekends and holidays for the realist in me, actual student days, actual student days prior to the start of testing, student days that do not include students in my classroom but which will require my participation in student supervision such as testing, field days and awards ceremonies and student days that are half-days.

    Yes. I am ready. I am also so glad that you posted this because now I don't feel like such a big loser pants.


  3. Hahahaha. This retired art teacher (me) spent the past two days outside basking in the warm spring sunshine, and doing my own artsy endeavors while sitting at my picnic table while you were dealing with this kind of typical spring nonsense in school! I'd apologize, but I did my time (36 years) and I'm not sorry to be done.


  4. Hahahahahaha…I swear this is exactly true for me. Last week I started setting out free-draw paper at the start of classes and told the students they could get it after they finished the assigned lesson, which I was all “Eh, good enough” about when asked if they were finished. So glad to learn others are behaving this way at this time of year. Thank you for the laugh.


  5. Anonymous says:

    This year has been particularly stressful. Our second principal is 4 years and the inmates are taking over the asylum. But there is light at the end of this tunnel. Next year, the high school!~


  6. I just found out about this blog two days ago. Thank you thank you thank you. It is so funny, honest and true. It is nice to know that other art teachers feel this way, unfortunately the end of the school year only means the beginning of summer programming. Hooray for the non-profit sector and goodbye to my sanity.


  7. Yes! this is a true testament to how much more relaxed I am with the last few art sessions and my thoughts exactly about 'missing' certain classes for assemblies and field trips (I would exactly say I was MISSING them as much as they might miss me).


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