Another school year is closing. Just as we set goals at the beginning of the year, we tend to look back and reflect on the year that has past.
In your reflection, ask yourself, "What will they remember?"
Who are "they?"
"They" can be students, parents, or colleagues.
What will each of them remember about having spent a school year with you?
What will they remember tomorrow? Next week? Next year? At the 10 year reunion?
Some will remember intellectual or academic items. These could be the course content, the assignments, the nature of the questions asked, or the depth and breadth of class discussions.
For others, the memories are more emotional and social. It could be your kindness or how you spent extra time helping a student get through a tough moment. They may remember how much you cared and the example you set for how to build relationships.
Will what they remember align with what you hoped they would remember? Was your class a forum to show how much you know or a platform from which to show how much you care?
Is what mattered to you the same as what mattered to them?
If so, I would guess that you are pleased with your year and motivated to start again in the fall.