The end of the school year is near for many of us. Twelve bloggers have joined together to share their best tips for making this time of year manageable instead of chaotic.
Maintain Routines and Structure
This is not the time of year to try out a new classroom management system, or give up on teaching curriculum. Stick to your tried and true lesson format, routines and classroom structures. Even if other classrooms are constantly showing movies or playing games, students appreciate learning if the teacher keeps teaching.
Maintain High Standards for Students
It's the end of the year and we are all tired, but that does not mean that students should be exempted from high academic and behaviour standards. Keep checking homework, classwork and assignments. You might not mark every piece of paper, but checking for content completion and comprehension is critical especially at this time of year.
Let Students Help
Let students help with the end of the year clean up and organization that must happen. Students like to be busy, and feel like they made a difference.
Below is a list of tasks you could get students to help with during the last weeks of school:
- sort and tidy up the classroom library (check for missing labels, broken spines, proper shelving order and any other issues they might find)
- repair broken books from the classroom library
- checking school supplies to ensure they are still in working condition (markers, glue sticks, rulers, calculators, scissors, pencil crayons)
- desk and locker clean out
- help clean out the school book storage room (with teacher supervision)
- help to clean out the school supply room (with teacher supervision)
- tidy and clean classroom shelves, bins, desks, tables
- help remove bulletin board displays and decorative trimmers and paper (if at student height level)
- pack up classrooms (where required)
- help move small items for teachers who are moving classrooms
Engage Students in Service Projects
Have your students plan an activity afternoon for a younger grade. This could range from as big as an outdoor play day, or as small as students creating math board games and stations to help younger students reinforce their math skills. Think outside of your school. What are your students' interests, and plan a service project that benefits their interests and your communities needs.
Click on the links below to read more fantastic ideas from 11 other teacher bloggers.
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