5 End of the Year Motivational Activities for Students and Teachers
It's that time again:
the weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and students and teachers alike are looking forward to summer vacation.
Such an atmosphere might make it difficult to stay motivated, but there's no reason to coast until the end of the year. In a child's education, every week counts.
So how can you make sure that these last few weeks count for your students?
Read on for some tips for helping both teachers and students stay motivated through the end of the school year.
Here are some ideas for keeping your students motivated until the end of the year.
Plan summer learning
Right now your students are excited about the summer, so try using that excitement to get them pumped about learning too.
The summer can be a great time for students to grow and explore on their own.
Have each of your students come up with a project, experiment, or research topic they personally would like to learn more about—maybe a topic related to something you've learned in school this year. Then help your students prepare to explore over the summer by coming up with book lists and goals.
Share your ideas and plans together as a class.
All of the summer plans on your students' minds can be turned into good writing projects.
Have your students write what they plan to do this summer or what they're looking forward to most. You could even put a fictional twist on the assignment by having students imagine and describe the craziest thing that could happen over the summer.
You might even try using a site like Kidblog.org to set up a classroom blog where students can keep in touch about their experiences over the break.
Maximize summer experiences
In preparation for the traveling many students will do over the summer, plan a lesson around the five senses using Imagine Learning English's Your Amazing Sense books (go to Level 1, click "Listen to a Story," and scroll to the end of the list).
Have students learn about the five senses and identify ways they might use their senses over the break.
You might even plan a mini field trip at the end of the year and encourage your students to use all their senses throughout the day (appropriately, of course).
How can teachers stay motivated until the end of the year?
Here are a few tips just for educators:
- Just like your students, start planning your summer learning experiences by creating agendas for the preparation and professional development you want to complete before next year starts. Making your summer plans now can help you stay excited and avoid coasting until the end of the year—or once the summer starts.
- In an article about finishing the school year strong, Larry Ferlazzo shares tips for helping teachers stay energized by focusing on intellectually stimulating material, like reading a great book or article. Ferlazzo also recommends spending time with other teachers who inspire you. The article offers even more great ideas for staying strong through the end of the school year, so be sure to check it out.