5 Ways to Keep the Energy Up at the End of the School Year

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The school year is almost over for most of us in the Northern Hemisphere. So how do we keep students focused in this last stretch, when most of them have already started thinking about summer vacation?

Here are just a few quick ideas to help you end the year with as much enthusiasm as you started. 

 

 

  • Go outside: Take advantage of the beautiful weather to design lessons where students can go outside. Whether it’s a high tech QR code scavenger hunt, or a low tech discussion circle seated on the grass, a change of scenery is a great way to get students minds revved up again. 
  • Have students create video reviews for finals: If you have a final exam for your course have students create and share short video review segments. Perhaps a quick review of how to find the slope of a line using “Explain Everything”, or a student reflecting on the key themes of “To Kill a Mockingbird” using iMovie. 
  • Put students in charge: Get students to prepare and teach a lesson at the end of the year. It’s a great way for students to practice presentation skills and we all know that you really understand that which you can teach.
  • Do some project based learning: If you’ve always been a little anxious about trying PBL, now is a great time to give it a shot. Trying something new in the classroom will get your students focused. With one project under your belt, it won’t be that hard to give it a go again next year. 
  • Have students give you feedback: Now is a great time to learn from past practice. Ask students what worked and what didn’t. Don’t be afraid to ask the tough questions and get real feedback.