3 for Thursday

May 12, 2016

What can you do with only two weeks of school?

1. Leave a Legacy

  • Have older students write a children's picture book for younger students. Consider having them review a concept or topic previously covered in your class this year, but explain it in a way that is understood by younger students. Set up times for them to visit classrooms and share the book as a read-aloud.
  • Ask students to collect and analyze data about your class or the school as a whole....what is working well and what needs to be changed? Google Forms is a great tool for collecting information. Have them work in groups to address items the majority feel could be improved upon. They may have some good ideas and you are modeling for them that everyone can benefit from constructive feedback.

2. Let the Students Teach

Divide the class into groups and assign each a different topic studied this year. Allow them time to discuss and invent a good review activity and assessment questions. You assess them on their content, delivery, and engagement of the class. Or create a folder in itslearning and give your students edit and write permissions. Have them create review assignments and tests that the class can complete over the summer to maintain skills.

3. Host a Talk Show or “Expert” Symposium

Straight from TeachHub.com: Imagine an Oprah-style show on bullying or school violence as a way to discuss The Chocolate War. Or a discussion on “Great 20th Century Achievements in Science” featuring Albert Einstein, Neil Armstrong, J. Robert Oppenheimer, and Stephen Hawking – all portrayed by students. Put students in groups and have them research their topic, write a script on it, and present their show to the class.
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About 3 for Thursday

Tech tips and timely topics presented for the teachers of Mashburn Elementary (and anyone they'd like to share with.) At Mashburn Elementary, Our Mission is developing deep levels of Relationships, Engagement, and Rigor.