Things Teachers Can Do to Help Students Finish Up The Year Strong
Student’s Own Unit Plans:
– Have smaller groups of students try to identify a subject in which they have a high interest. It will help them out more. They’ll need to prepare a full-fledged unit plan on the specific topics, and then teach a portion to the class or to another small group. If you allow students to try out the teacher’s role it can be a useful motivator towards the end of the school year.
Other cooperative learning projects:
Try going for more field trips if at all possible to let the students enjoy themselves a bit. It doesn’t even have to be outside the school. Lots of places do virtual tours at a very low cost or even free towards the end of the school year.
Other technology projects:
In general, the end of the school year is a fantastic time to take the leap and try out more technology integration in your classroom. Keep your students engaged with learning experiences that are a good fit with digital tools and techniques. Create online projects for “authentic audiences” where people other than the teacher can see and comment on them.
Work fewer hours:
Towards the end of the year, “throwing time” at school doesn’t pay off. Cutting back on outrageous work hours per week can often result in student’s feeling more energized in the classroom. Students are more willing to get work done if they have something like free time to look forward to.
Bring in Books and Articles of Interest:
Since it’s nearing the end of the year, your students may or may not have the excitement of trying to get through lessons. So try switching it up a wee bit. Try different ways of teaching the lessons so it peaks their interests.
Watch interesting videos online (With a parental filter of course):
Class can get super boring at the end of the year. Try going to sites like Ted Talks and Big Idea Fest. They always have new material and they update constantly.
Try Mixing Up Lunches:
Within the school lies a specific teacher who has a bit of experience in your student’s class choices for the next year. Try to arrange for them to have one on ones (like lunches) with those specific students to talk about future years and see if it’s what they really want to choose.