Here are some ideas of things I do to keep things interesting and engaging:
- Save your most interesting unit or concept until near the end. Ever year I save my Data Management or Probability Unit until my last month of the school year. It is very hands on and interactive. Not a math teacher? Try these cool Science ideas: Forensics or Mystery Who Dunn it I don't teach my own Science, but I am hoping to use some of these ideas during the last two weeks of June. Who doesn't like a good mystery to solve?
- Have students reflect on their year, first as a class, then in groups and finally individually Students work on reflection sheets for various subjects, and conference with me to discuss all of their accomplishments of this past year. Students are amazed at how many books they have read, or new concepts they have learnt.
- Have the students give YOU the teacher a report card. You can read about this process here.
- Create a class memory book using free software Google Docs or Open Office. Students can take turns editing a page just about them, then working on class collaborative pages. They can be merged into one pdf file and shared with other students in the class. Digital memory books save money by reducing photocopy costs.
- I have each of my students write a letter to a my future students who share their number on the class list. This years student number 5 on the class list will write a letter to next years number 5. The students get to share their secrets and expert knowledge on how to survive grade x.
Good luck and please share your survival tips in the comments below.