12 Ways to Keep Kids Motivated at the End of the School Year. How to motivate students and keep them on task at the end of the year is challenging at best.
In fact, the more we prep kids for tests, the harder it is to keep kids on task after testing ends.
Yet, keeping kids motivated at this time of year is actually much easier than you might think. Since kids are more chatty and restless at this time of year, it's just a matter of funneling that energy into something constructive
Here are 12 effective strategies to turn students' end-of-the-year energy into instructional success.
➢ Learning Centers
One of the easiest ways to keep kids on task is to create some simple learning centers and allow students to rotate through the activities with a partner.
➢ Literature Circles
If your students are bored by reading a basal text or doing test prep worksheets, they will definitely enjoy Literature Circles. The easiest way to get started is with Classroom Book Clubs, a relaxed and fun method that's perfect for the end of the year.
➢ Class Scrapbooks
Creating a class scrapbook is a terrific way to wrap up the school year. Let each student design his or her own special page. The front of the page can include their name, a photo, illustrations, and other personal touches. Have each student write you a letter about the school year and glue it onto the back of his or her page. Add a student-created cover, laminate all pages, and bind the finished product with plastic comb binding.
➢ Cooperative Learning
Cooperative learning activities are naturally motivating to students. Being able to discuss ideas and interact with other students is a sure-fire strategy for keeping kids involved. The key is to establish clear guidelines for classroom management so the fun doesn't become chaotic.
➢ Read Aloud Marathons
There never seems to be enough time to read aloud during the school year, so it's wonderful to have more freedom to do so after the pressures of testing are over. Instead of reading just 10 minutes a day, I enjoy spending 30 minutes or more sharing great books with my kids.
➢ Class Newsletters
Involve the whole class in this meaningful writing activity, and everyone will end up with a treasured record of your school year. Start by brainstorming all the special events that have occurred throughout the year, and then ask each student to write about one of the events. Select a few students to serve as editors who compile all of the stories into one newspaper. Add digital photos, scanned artwork, quotes about the school year, awards and accomplishments – the list is endless! To conserve paper, produce the newsletter in digital form and email it to parents. Be sure to print one or two copies for students to share in the classroom.
➢ Fun Friday
A weekly incentive can work wonders to keep kids on task at the end of the year. Try to involve at least three teachers on your grade level in this weekly activity. Set aside a 30-minute block of time on Friday for "Fun Sunday." Each teacher signs up to host a different activity: Inside Games, Outside Play, or Study Hall. In order to participate in Fun Sunday, students must complete all homework and other assignments for the week. Those who don't do their work spend the time in Study Hall, while the others can choose between Outside Play and Inside Games.
➢ Outside Learning
When the weather turns warm and sunny, everyone longs to be outside. Many activities like reading, writing poetry, doing science experiments, or playing math games can be taken outside. Ask students to bring beach blankets or towels for these special times. Even a few minutes spent outside for a read-aloud session can offer a quick cure for the end-of-the-year blues.
➢ Team Challenges
From Egg Drop Challenges to Tower Building, team challenges motivate students to think creatively and work together in order to solve a task. One of my favorites is to have kids create Puff Mobiles from straws, large wooden beads, and paper.
➢ Ed Tech & Online Learning Games
I'm amazed at the number of free and inexpensive online learning games available. If you have a computer in your classroom, you have access to all sorts of online games such as the skill races at Arcademic Skill Builders or the stories read aloud on StoryLine Online.
➢ Multimedia Projects
Challenge your students to work alone or in teams to create multi-media presentations. Possible topics include anything from a recap of the school year to their dreams for the future. If you think "multi-media" means PowerPoint, think again. Check out Prezi, Animoto, and Slideshare for some exciting alternatives.
With these strategies, learning is still the name of the game, but the learning goes far beyond tested skills. Your students will discover hidden talents and have fun doing so. Furthermore, the end of the year will become a time to celebrate, a time to share great memories of special times together.
AIAAsc Cairo base hosted workshop titled "Integrating Curriculum, putting it all together" on April 18, 2015.
The workshop was presented by Mrs. Joyce Reinke an educational consultant who was successfully able to lead the participants through guided practices on how to select and organize the essence of curriculum-content, learning experiences, skills and values.
Moreover, participants were subjected to a variety of curriculum formats and were given the time to demonstrate the skill of designing and developing learning experiences in reference to standards. The workshop commenced with a welcoming introduction by Dr. Ray Lindley, AIAA Executive Director and Dr. Maged Zaki, AIAA Associate Executive Director. Teachers, directors, and owners from different international schools were part of the workshop to discuss and learn about venues for developing curriculum to meet the needs of each school community.
In addition, strategies on curriculum integration were designed to address the following topics:
› Role of Stakeholders.
› Characteristics of a Well-Managed Classroom
› Research Concerning the Effectiveness of Integration
› Project Work for Primary Grades
› Interdisciplinary Teaming at High School Level
› Learning Styles ... Different Approaches to Learning
Finally, throughout a cheerful conducive atmosphere, schools were invited to attend the closing of the event where certificates were handed to all of attendees who have successfully participated at the workshop.
In cheerful atmosphere at ESI; students, teachers and directors gathered in participation in the event titled "Fashion-Music Project". Students of Futures Educational Systems displayed their creativity and innovation in designing wearable items in a fashion show accompanied with musical performance.
The project was geared to enforce the concept of appreciation for Mother Nature and keeping environment clean. Students used trashes to design dresses, skirts, shirts….etc. as well as musical instruments.
Parents attended the event and expressed their support for the new strategies that Futures implemented to enhance students' learning via Project-Based Learning. The seven participating schools exhibited extraordinary talents during performance. Indeed, each school was a unique by itself and all were winners in ideas and performance. However, Judges announced FES Al-Fustat Branch, Deutsche Schule Futures and FES Othman Bin Affan as the top three winners.
Celebrating the success of the Fashion-Music Project, students were invited to show their outstanding talents on TV. Students and teachers who had participated in the competition had a non-forgettable experience performing LIVE on Mehwar TV with Sherif Madkour in Sa'aa maa' Sherif. A pleasant response was received on social media, as publics were inspired by the performance.
The American International Accreditation Association has successfully conducted the bi annual cycle of Full and provisional accreditation visits in Egypt.
Diverse team members of educators have visited different school communities located in Cairo and other governorates to learn about their improvement efforts in enhancing students learning. The purpose of the visits is to advance the quality of education at schools and make sure that students are reaching their highest potential through conducive learning atmosphere that reflects schools' mission and vision. Moreover, AIAA Executive and Associate Directors have paid courtesy and follow up visits to candidate schools to guide their practices and discuss venues for expansion.
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