It’s FINALLY the end of school year. Was it worth it?
In the early years, my family couldn’t wait for the relief that a summer vacation brought. Sure we had to plan things carefully and and be the overseer for challenging behavior, but at least our son was with us and we didn’t have to worry about him at school. During the school year, we tended to be anxious as we waited for “unexpected” calls from school or those dreaded IEP meetings.
If that resembles your life, the end of the school year can also be a great time to reflect. The most helpful way is to do that in a purposeful way. I am proposing that you use a business process to help you determine what did and did not work during the school year. This process is called SWOT Analysis.
- S = Strengths
- W = Weaknesses
- O = Opportunities
- T = Threats
Businesses use a SWOT Analysis to go back and review events, procedures or even to overhaul a department. It can be a really effective way to get a global picture about what is happening. You can use a SWOT Analysis to determine how the school year went.
Use the following worksheets to analyzes your child’s school experience. Find out what’s working and record what needs to be fixed.
This exercise is more than just counting your blessings. If you systematically look at things, it may allow you to see new opportunities as well as realize that your child is likely making some progress.