April 18, 2018 at 6:30 AM #47474Austin Shenk@austinshenk
I’m leading this year’s staff debriefing. I’m seeking input in two areas:
- What to include?
- Do you have documents or suggestions of topics that y’all discuss together at the end of the year?
- Items I plan to include
- Staff committee assignments
- Christmas program
- Schedule conflicts that should be resolved
- Questions that should be answered before next year
- What new staff members should know
- What to leave out?
- Which “can of worms” should be left unopened?
I realized that I did not follow proper outline form, but I’m just asking a question not writing a paper . . . any input would be helpful before next Wed, April 25.
- What to include?
April 19, 2018 at 4:59 PM #47500Jonas SauderModerator@jonas
The end of the year is indeed a good time to make notes on how you want to do things “differently” next year, while the ideas are fresh on your mind. The details needn’t be worked out, but get the ideas down. Consider items such as glitches in the schedule, program themes, class or curricular improvements, student activities, structure of parent conferences. Invite each staff member to enumerate a couple things that went well that you want to be sure to do again, and something he/she would like to see improved.
April 19, 2018 at 9:38 PM #47506Peter Goertzen@petergoertzen
Good stuff in that outline. Two questions that we always ask at our end-of-year meeting that I find particularly helpful are “What strengths do we need to maintain next year?” and “What deficiencies do we need to correct?”
After one very, very hard year our staff had a meal together for the purpose of discussing the year’s difficulties. This proved to be a helpful way of processing things and moving on. It might be good to plan an informal gathering like this to provide a relaxed space for dealing with the year’s emotional consequences.
And make sure you have lunch together. Order pizza or have a potluck or something. I’ve found that the best, most productive conversations at our beginning- and end-of-year staff meetings often happen during lunch, not during the meeting itself.
April 21, 2018 at 8:13 PM #47594Crista@cris
Different ideas, solutions to problems and questions have come up in some of our recent staff meetings. Our school has never had a big end of the year meeting but it is something I think would be good to implement. I’ve started to write down the ideas and questions from the teachers that need to be addressed the beginning of next school year and we have started to address solutions and changes that can be completed the end of this year.
April 21, 2018 at 9:52 PM #47604Carolyn Martin@carolynmartin
This may or may not fall into the “can of worms” category. It depends on your school situation and school culture. One area that we often look at in our end of school meetings is particular student needs or hot spots. This is usually referring to students with learning difficulties who may need extra help or who are getting extra help–what worked this year and a plan for next year. It can include students with behavior issues, though in a more general way, and not as “hanging out the dirty laundry”. In our situation, most of the teachers are close enough and have taught enough of the students that we know the students well, so talking about these issues is with an attitude of caring for the student not one of condemnation.
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