Year End Teacher Survival Tips

End of the Year Tips for Teachers. 3 tips for keeping the middle school classroom calm and student engaged during the last few weeks of school from the 2 Peas and a Dog blog.

Every year we strive to bring you new useful year end ideas that you can implement in your classroom tomorrow, or modify to suit your class’ specific needs.

After you read the tips on this blog, be sure to check out the links below for other fantastic ideas from real teachers for teachers.

Keep up all of your classroom routines until the last day of school. This is not the time to try a new classroom management system or change routines that your students are familiar with.


Give students a chance to be the teachers. Plan your lessons so students are the ones teaching. You could use the jigsaw small group method or whole class instruction. I love to put students in charge of year end review.


Have your current students write an advice letter to your future students. In the letter, have your students write survival tips for achieving success in your grade. I save these for the first day of the new school year.

Try our no prep resources to keep your students engaged during the last few weeks.

Other fantastic ideas below!

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    Mrs. Spangler in the Middle
    May 2, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    This is just what I needed – testing has all but fried my brain! I like the idea of giving the kids a chance to be the teacher!

    Mrs. Spangler in the Middle

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    May 2, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Love Tip #3 – so helpful for new students to hear from the previous students. Plus the kids probably love giving advice.

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    Addie Williams
    May 4, 2015 at 1:48 am

    Thanks for organizing all of us Kristy!! Great tips!

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    History Gal
    May 17, 2015 at 12:41 am

    I love the idea of having students leave advice letters for next year's students!

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    Leah Cleary
    May 17, 2015 at 12:41 am

    I will definitely try tip #3. I love the idea of having current students advise future students! I will be doing this!

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