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Fall Semester vs. Spring Semester: a Visual Guide

Fall vs Spring Semester

When you’re a teacher, your calendar goes against the grain of the rest of the world. In the fall semester, when everyone else is talking about the year almost being over, you’re just getting started setting up your classroom, making goals, and looking forward to a year of fresh starts and new opportunities. And in the spring semester, when everyone else is rolling on the high of New Year’s resolutions, you’re staring down four solid months of nonstop class time, with spring break perpetually feeling too far away.

Here are some teacher memes to show what the school calendar is really like.


Fall Semester

Setting audacious, optimistic goals

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Spring Semester

Having to complete those audacious, optimistic goals

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Fall Semester

Taking a much-welcomed break

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Spring Semester

Taking a desperately needed break

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Fall Semester

Decorating for back-to-school, Halloween, and the December holidays

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Spring Semester

Decorating for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and summer vacation

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Fall Semester

Teaching new concepts

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Spring Semester

Teaching new concepts for the tenth time

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Fall Semester

Time, from August to December

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Spring Semester

Time, from January to May

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Stay Centered and Motivated Year-Round

There’s no denying the differences between fall and spring semester. However, no matter what time of year it is, the need for a positive mindset, strong relationships, and good classroom management remains the same. Advancement Courses offers K–12 educators more than 240 online, self-paced professional development courses covering both foundational topics and emerging trends. Here are a few of our courses that will help you no matter what semester you’re in:

  • Motivating Unmotivated Students (Research and Practice): Nothing is worse than preparing an excellent lesson only to be met with a brick wall of unmotivated students. This course explores the major theories of motivation and gives you strategies to help students develop a motivated mindset toward learning.
  • Staying Present: Mindfulness for Better Teaching and Learning: When teachers and students are centered and able to manage their emotions, they are more successful in and out of school. This course provides tools to create a culture where every member of your class is mindful and able to stay present even in stressful situations.