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As the end of the school year approaches, you may find it challenging to keep your students engaged and motivated in class. As a secondary multiple prep teacher, you may find yourself in one of two situations:
- either you have a lot of content to cover with little time left,
- or you have finished everything early and don’t know what to do with your students for the remaining weeks.
In this blog post, we will share five strategies that can help keep your students engaged and motivated during the final stretch of the school year.
Strategy 1: Help students Create End-of-School-Year Portfolios
Portfolios are a great way for students to showcase their progress throughout the school year. You can ask your students to collect and compile their best work into a tangible item that they can take with them.
Creating portfolios does take some preparation. But, it’s a great way to show students where they started and where they finished. And it provides them with a sense of accomplishment.
Strategy 2: Have Students Create their Own End-of-School-Year Review Games
End-of-year assessments can be boring or time-consuming to prepare for. So why not have your students create their own review games?
You can ask them to develop review activities based on units they learned throughout the year. This activity can be a team project or an individual assignment. It can be assessed based on how well the other students perform when playing their game.
Strategy 3: Showcase End-of-School-Year Student Work
You can showcase your students’ work through a variety of methods, such as posters or presentations. For instance, you can have your students create trifold poster boards using PowerPoint. (Think “professional science fair”).
They can include photos, screenshots, and descriptions of their project. These posters can then be printed and displayed around the classroom or the school.
You can invite parents or other members of the community to a science fair-style showcase. Where students present their work and explain what they learned.
Strategy 4: Plan an End-of-School-Year Field Trip
Planning a field trip can be a great way to keep your students motivated during the final weeks of the school year. It can be a reward for their hard work throughout the year, and it can be a fun way to learn outside the classroom.
You can plan a trip to a museum, park, or any other location that is relevant to your course material. Some of our favorite field trips didn’t require us to leave the school. Just the classroom.
Field trips can be a great way to help students connect what they have learned in the classroom to the real world.
Strategy 5: Conduct an End-of-School Year Project-Based Learning Activity
Project-based learning activities can be a great way to engage your students and allow them to work on a topic they are interested in.
You can ask your students to develop a project that addresses a real-world problem, or you can provide them with a list of topics to choose from.
These projects can be individual or team assignments. They can be assessed based on the students’ ability to apply what they learned throughout the year. Or maybe they aren’t assessed at all.
The end of the school year can be a stressful time for teachers, but it doesn’t have to be a dull one for students. These five strategies can help keep your students engaged and motivated, even during the final stretch of the school year.
Whether it’s creating portfolios, developing review games, showcasing student work, planning a field trip, or conducting a project-based learning activity, there are many ways to keep your students interested and invested in their learning.
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