By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer & Chief Marketing Officer, Curriki
Ah, the end of the school year. Blue skies. Birds singing. Warm temperatures. The thump of a bat against a ball. The lure of the singing ice cream truck. Who wants to be inside when the outdoors beckons?
That’s a teacher’s challenge – keeping students engaged when they are already checking out.
Curriki has a bunch of fun ideas to keep your classroom energy up, including making a class autograph book, having students bring in t-shirts to sign, throwing a piñata party, sharing high and low points of the year, giving out Academy Awards for books, and many more!
Here are a few tips we gathered around the Internet:
We Are Teachers
Weareteachers.com says you can “beat the wiggles” using these 5 strategies:
- Do a project. – Group projects are a great way to keep the class engaged
- Spice it up with a guest speaker – students may be getting tired of hearing your voice and would respond well to a fresh source of learning.
- Try some friendly competition. – Adding friendly competition to a project can motivate a “checked out” student.
- Take extra care of yourself – you students deserve a teacher who is healthy and well-rested, especially as you are crossing the school-year finish line.
- Add elements of surprise to your units or lessons. Suggestions include creating a trail of hints, offering a mystery prize and creating guessing games.
Create Abilities Blog
The Create Abilities blog offers 10 end-of-year activities to keep your students engaged, including:
- Create a Paper Chain Countdown to count down the days till school’s out.
- Display your students’ work for parents
- Have your students write something to next year’s students
- Make a Class Book to add to your classroom library
- Have a Classroom Award Ceremony
- Give your students extra recess time
- Do service projects as a class
- Recruit your students for your yearly classroom purge
Here are some other resources:
- Edutopia – How to stay charged during the final weeks of school
- Teach Hub – How to Motivate Students at the End of the School Year
- Middle Web, in addition to offering hints on how to keep students charged during the last weeks of school, offers Year End Stress, Teacher Version, to help YOU stay energetic and engaged.
Enjoy the rest of the school year!
Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer & Chief Marketing Officer, leads and manages all of Curriki’s content development, user experience, and academic direction. Learn more at Curriki.org.
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