end of year transitionFor many students, beginning a new school year can be a great source of anxiety. Thanks to a successful end-of-year transition though, one that you can begin right now, a new teacher and classroom can be an exciting event—not one that causes insecurity or dread. To help your students make a successful transition into the next academic year, we’re offering five simple activities you can put into practice right away.

5 tips for a successful end-of-year transition

The relationship doesn’t end with the academic year
You don’t have to cry like my second grade teacher did on the last day of school, but do let your students know that you valued your time with them. Also, let them know that the relationship doesn’t have to end with the academic school year. They may be moving rooms and working with new teachers, but let them know that they are always welcome to say hello, stop by after school or interact with your new students on your classroom blog.

Ask their new teacher to visit your room
Arrange a time for the new teacher to visit your classroom so that s/he can interact with the students. If you’re looking for a list of tried-and-true icebreaker activities, you can find them here.  

Meet the new teacher’s current class
One way to ease your students’ fears about their transition is by having them each interview one student in their new teacher’s current class. They might ask questions like:

  • What’s it like having Mr. X for a teacher?
  • Did Mrs. M assign a lot of homework?
  • What was your favorite memory this year in Mr. X’s class?
  • What should I know before starting the new school year?

 Once they conduct the interview, have your students share their findings with the class.

Visit the new classroom
Arrange a time for your students to check out their new digs. It’s always easier to walk into an unfamiliar place when you know where to go and what your surroundings look like. Ask the new teacher to give them a tour and, if you can, try scheduling a follow-up visit.

To help prepare your students for the upcoming summer, check out two of our recent blogs, 10 Summer Reading Activities for Struggling Readers and 10 things parents can say to struggling readers.


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this is valuable information


This is great information. A teacher - student relationship is normally looked upon as a very strict kind of a relationship. But that wouldn't bring good results out of the students. A student should have all the freedom to go talk to the teacher freely, for this would help in understanding the needs and capability of the student and bring more creativity out of him. After School Care is another way to make the students feel at home at school. This makes them feel more glued to the school, the faculty and their schoolmates around. 

Really a is great information love your post. A teacher - student relationship is normally looked upon as a very strict kind of a relationship. But that wouldn't bring good results out of the students the relation should be friendly and true  a teacher who is more comfortable with the student can teach him well making the subject more clear .

Couldn't agree more, Debora. Thank you for reading and commenting!

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