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10 tips for creating a positive classroom culture for the last weeks of school

International teachers

As the academic year winds down and the summer break beckons, maintaining a positive classroom culture becomes increasingly important. The last weeks of school offer a unique opportunity to reinforce values, celebrate achievements, and leave a lasting impression on your students.

For international teachers navigating diverse cultural backgrounds and educational systems, fostering a positive environment requires careful planning, empathy, and creativity. In this blog, we cover our top 10 tips to help you create a memorable end-of-year experience for your students.


1. Reflect on the year

Before diving into the final weeks, take a moment to reflect on the school year you and your students have undertaken together. Consider the challenges you’ve overcome, the milestones you’ve achieved, and the growth you’ve witnessed. Share these reflections with your students to instill a sense of accomplishment and resilience.


2. Set clear expectations

Clearly communicate your expectations for behaviour, participation, and academic engagement during the remaining weeks. Reinforce the importance of respect, collaboration, and effort in maintaining a positive classroom environment. Encourage students to take ownership of their actions and contribute positively to the class community.


3. Plan engaging activities

Design a variety of engaging activities that cater to different learning styles and interests. Incorporate hands-on projects, collaborative assignments, and interactive discussions to keep students motivated and invested in their learning. Consider integrating cultural elements from students’ diverse backgrounds to foster inclusivity and appreciation for diversity.


4. Celebrate achievements

Take time to celebrate the accomplishments of individual students and the class as a whole. Recognise academic achievements, personal growth, and contributions to the classroom community. Host awards ceremonies, showcase student work, or organise special events to honour student accomplishments and boost morale.


5. Nurture relationships

Strengthen your relationships with students by showing genuine interest in their interests, experiences, and aspirations. Create opportunities for meaningful interactions through one-on-one conversations, mentorship programs, or informal gatherings. Express appreciation for each student’s unique qualities and contributions to the class.


6. Provide closure

Help students process their emotions and reflect on their learning experiences as the school year draws to a close. Facilitate discussions about their favourite memories, challenges they’ve overcome, and lessons they’ve learned. Encourage students to express gratitude to their peers and teachers for their support throughout the year.


7. Embrace fun and creativity

Infuse the final weeks with a sense of excitement and joy by incorporating fun and creative activities into your lessons. Organise themed days, outdoor games, or talent shows to break up the routine and create memorable experiences for your students. Encourage laughter, playfulness, and spontaneity to foster a positive classroom atmosphere.


8. Maintain consistency

While it’s tempting to loosen the reins as the school year winds down, maintaining consistency in classroom routines and expectations is essential for preserving a positive culture. Reinforce the importance of respect, responsibility, and resilience until the very last day of school to ensure a smooth transition into the next academic year.


9. Reflect and plan ahead

Take time to reflect on the successes and challenges of the school year and gather feedback from your students to inform your future practice. Identify strategies that have been particularly effective in fostering a positive classroom culture and consider how you can build upon them in the future. Begin planning for the next academic year with fresh ideas and renewed enthusiasm.


10. Express gratitude

Finally, express gratitude to your students for their hard work, dedication, and contributions to the classroom community. Let them know how much you’ve enjoyed teaching them and how proud you are of their growth and achievements. Leave them with words of encouragement and best wishes for the future as they embark on their summer break and beyond.


Creating a positive classroom culture in the final weeks of school requires intentionality, empathy, and creativity. By reflecting on the journey, setting clear expectations, planning engaging activities, celebrating achievements, nurturing relationships, embracing fun and creativity, maintaining consistency, reflecting and planning ahead, and expressing gratitude, international teachers can leave a lasting impression on their students and lay the foundation for continued growth and success in the future.

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