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Spring Fever!

Apr 9, 2013 5:10am

Does anyone have any good ideas to keep students engaged and excited about the fourth quarter when Spring Fever hits?

  • English Language Arts
  • 6-8
  • Engagement


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    • Apr 28, 2013 6:30pm

      I definitely agree with Jennie. Project based learning is key. Create group projects, possibly across subjects, that allow students to work together, work towards a culminating (creative, hands-on) project. Most importantly- YOU should be excited about it so students are then excited.

      I always had my students each create a magazine during the last 1.5 months of the year. They wrote questions to each other and wrote "advice" answers like Dear Abby. They interviewed someone in the school and wrote an interview. They included a book review of their favorite book read this year, movie/video game review. Once their magazines were finished, they shared them with younger students. I had a timeline for each component (when I would model, and they would work on it) rubrics and student examples for each component,

      • Apr 12, 2013 3:26am

        I like to keep them busy. When I first started teaching, I found that as we neared the end of the year, I tended to get Spring Fever myself and I let up on the amount of homework, rigor of curriculum, etc... I find now that if I keep up a challenging pace and engage the kids using Universal Design of Learning (UDL) strategies, they tend to behave much better.

        Katie (@KatieNovakUDL)