This article provides quick and easy tidbits of information of how to ensure that the excitement about school does not start to fizzle out simply because the end of school is drawing near. This all starts with the teacher and ensuring that he/she remains enthused about teaching, which will then communicate to the students that they should still be excited about learning. Keeping the students actively involved helps too.
As appealing as it is to simply print out tons of worksheets, killing lots of trees in the process, or putting movies in to make the time pass until the end of school gets here, teachers have to be a little more creative. Shift gears and change it up a bit. Make sure that the same excitement that was felt at the beginning of the year can still be witnessed at the end of the year by incorporating different strategies to keep learning fresh and new.
I love this image and could be good for a bulletin board or door decorations. This set the high expectations for the students that although the school year is coming to an end, this does not mean that learning ceases to exist. If the teachers are too burned out to teach, the students will be too burned out to learn. We as teachers have to keep our energy levels high, even when it is difficult, just to ensure that we are productive from start to finish.
This article does a great job of providing some positive and meaningful ways to end the school year. I really love the first idea for students to write a letter to the upcoming students. This encourages the students to think critically about their learning experience over the course of the year and what insight they can provide to future students so that they can start the year off with a wealth of information to help them to be more successful.
We as teachers are constantly reflecting on how our lessons were executed, how well written and aligned our assessments were, and what we can do differently next time to make it more effective. Why not allow the students to engage in reflection as an end of the year activity? Encourage the students to think about what they learned in their classes, what they wish they would have learned, and what they can do differently in the upcoming year to make their learning experience more productive.