How to Say Goodbye to My Students

Written by penny morris
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How to Say Goodbye to My Students
Make your goodbye a valued memory for your departing students. (Digital Vision./Photodisc/Getty Images)

The end of the school year can be a bittersweet time for many teachers. They have the satisfaction of knowing they've instilled a year's worth of knowledge into their young charges, but it's also a melancholy time as the student-teacher bond forged over the past nine months or so finally comes to an end. There are several ways to say goodbye to your class, ranging from silly and fun to serious and sentimental. Judge the daily atmosphere of your classroom to determine which route to take.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Cardstock
  • Certificate template
  • Paper
  • Staples

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    Create a personalised card for each student. Write one letter template to be used for all students, but include a personal touch. For example, write, "I've enjoyed our time together in class," for each student, but highlight a specific positive achievement or characteristic for each student. "I appreciate the way you're always prepared for class," would be one example.

  2. 2

    Create an individualised certificate for each student. Design your own certificate using a graphics program or purchase blank certificates at an office-supply store. Give each student a special, positive award, such as "Best Listener," "Neatest Handwriting" or "Funniest Student."

  3. 3

    Include a quote or a poem. Create your own poem incorporating class-specific events such as field trips or parties, or choose a quote related to endings and new beginnings. One example of an appropriate quote is, "Be well, do good work, and keep in touch," by Garrison Keillor.

  4. 4

    Participate in an end-of-year bonding activity. Have each student create a small memory book. They can create the book by folding two pieces of paper in half, and placing one sheet inside the fold of the other. Staple the papers together along the crease to form a book. Invite each student to draw their favourite classroom memories and collect signatures from you and other students.

Tips and warnings

  • Take a formal approach to handing out cards or certificates to highlight the significance of the occasion. Call each student to the front of the room individually to give them their goodbye token.

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