Celebrating Our Class
Ideas for Closing the Year Remotely
With the end of the school year approaching, a new challenge remains: how to close the school year at a distance, while still remaining connected. This template attempts to help you accomplish that final task.
Wishing you peace and health as we head into summer.
P.S. Of course, this message can be deleted and replaced with one of your own, to parents or students.
What's spring without a field trip? Choose a virtual experience that connects to your curriculum or that matches the passions of your students, or let them choose and "go" in small groups. Have kids create Kahoots to share what they saw and learned.
Assign a virtual background for your final Zoom. Choose a pic of your classroom, or pick one from this site, for free, and ask all your students to download and use it as their virtual background. The feeling it creates? We're all in it together.
Create a free Flipgrid account for your class. Have each student film a 1-minute valedictory/"stepping up" speech -- give them a theme, or keep it open. Alternately, have everyone create a 1-minute TED talk on a topic of their choice.
Write a goodbye letter to your class. Film or record yourself reading it out loud, and upload here, via Vimeo, YouTube, or an audio file.
(because every ceremony needs a song that provokes a tear...)
Design a digital, downloadable certificate of completion for your class as a whole. While not individual, it's an opportunity to be personal and inclusive. Include a message about what your students have accomplished and why you're proud of them.