Classroom Ideas The Teacher Report: Fun End-of-Year Assignments The school year is almost over. There, we said it.
Members of the Education World Teacher Team share their favorite end-of-year activities. This month, we asked members of the Education World Teacher Team: Please share with us activities, projects, review games -- anything special that you save for the end of the year -- either as a culminating activity for a particular subject area or to create a memory of the year for your students.
This is what they told us. Those who were in class had time to complete it there; those who were missing could finish it on their own time.
It worked out well. Usually, I assigned a project that included most of the computer skills they had learned throughout the year. I introduce it by explaining that all college professors have their students do it. My students take it very seriously, and the comments they write are always insightful and helpful to me.
George can be bribed with chocolate. I use the letters on the first day of school in the fall, when my new students get to read them. It always makes for a fun first day activity. Students address the envelopes and seal them. In previous years and at the end of reading The Pact with my juniorsI have students write letters to someone who has made a difference in their lives.
They might choose a former teacher, a mentor, a coach, a boss, a family member. I steer them away from friends, asking them to save their sentiments for yearbook signatures.
These letters have generated some touching words -- one student thanked our vice-principal for being so tough on him. Now I know that you were tough because you cared. Instead, I assign an oral history project.
One year a student borrowed one of the favorite teachers who was retiring. Each year, we take a look at the list of questions from the previous year and students decide the changes they want to make. Frequently, they are dying to ask their parents about certain things from their past, but they also come up with some great issues to delve into.
They find out what it means to be a historian and also how much they can learn from the people we see every day. I also have received many letters from parents; they appreciate the assignment because, in many cases, the questions prove to be a jumping off point for substantive discussion with their children.
So many of our parents had interesting connections to the elements of our history. The Education World Teacher Team includes more than 30 dedicated and knowledgeable education professionals who have volunteered to contribute to occasional articles that draw on their varied expertise and experience.
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Wrapping Up the School Year in Just 3 Days! ★ Field Day activities for middle and high school students. 6. Senior Will - I remember my old high school year yearbook printing up "senior wills" on the last page of the yearbook.
Each senior "willed" something to another student, a teacher or . Favorite End-of-Year Activities "At the high-school level, we had so many students missing for field trips, spring sports, practices, competitions, and so on, that it was easiest to assign a project and give them a due date.
Those who were in class had time to complete it there; those who were missing could finish it on their own time. End of the Year Activities: Reflect on the Year's Experience Looking back can be fun, but it’s also a good instructional strategy to help students learn from previous experience.
Why not Create a class scrapbook. Let each student make a page. Use These Activities to Wind Up Learning as the School Year Winds Down The last few days of the school year are upon you, and you're at a loss for what to do. The End of the Year seasonal pages will provide you with great resources to help wrap up your school year in style.
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