Tuesday, May 24, 2011

12 Ways to Keep Kids Motivated at the End of the School Year

This is just an abstract of the article: 12 Ways to Keep Kids Motivated at the End of the School Year, by: Laura Candler. This article has been published in www.teachhub.com
Now, that we're getting at the end of the school year, I' would like to recommend you this article with suggestions on how to keep children involved in the learning activity (don't you think it is, sometimes, a headache?)

Laura hits on the nail when mention that "keeping kids motivated at this time of year is actually much easier than you might think." Children are more relaxed, communicative and "chatty" than at the begining of the school year, and it is a very good opportunity to do great and "constructive" things in language (ESL). I like her proposal of activities, tasks and games as a way to reinforce and "use the language" in a contextualized way. Most of the time teachers don't know how to do during this "end of school year term", in wich
" Learning is still the name of the game"
You can read the complete article by clicking the above image.

12 Ways to Keep Kids Motivated at the End of the Year"Keeping kids motivated and on task at the end of the year is challenging at best" (...)

"Each of the twelve suggestions below is meant to spark your creativity rather than to provide detailed instructions. If you’re not already familiar with the strategy, you may need to do a little more research before you begin. To save you time, I’ve included links to helpful online resources from my website and around the web". 

"Class Scrapbooks
Class ScrapbookCreating a class scrapbook is a terrific way to wrap up the school year. Let each student design his or her own special page. The front of the page can include their name, a photo, illustrations, and other personal touches. Have each student write you a letter about the school year and glue it onto the back of his or her page. Add a student-created cover, laminate all pages, and bind the finished product with plastic comb binding. 

Learning Centers
One of the easiest ways to keep kids on task is to create some simple learning centers and allow students to rotate through the activities with a partner. If you haven't used learning centers before, you might be surprised at how easy they are to implement. Here are some additional ideas and strategies on my learning center page.


Cooperative Learning
Cooperative learning activities are naturally motivating to students. Being able to discuss ideas and interact with other students is a sure-fire strategy for keeping kids involved. The key is to establish clear guidelines for classroom management so the fun doesn’t become chaotic.


Fun Friday
A weekly incentive can work wonders to keep kids on task at the end of the year. Try to involve at least three teachers on your grade level in this weekly activity. Set aside a 30-minute block of time on Friday for “Fun Friday.” Each teacher signs up to host a different activity: Inside Games, Outside Play, or Study Hall.

In order to participate in Fun Friday, students must complete all homework and other assignments for the week. Those who don’t do their work spend the time in Study Hall, while the others can choose between Outside Play and Inside Games. You can find a Fun Friday sign-up sheet to use with this activity on my Odds N Ends page.

Scrabble Tournaments
What could be more fun than a board game tournament that’s educational as well as exciting? Many families have Scrabble boards in their closets that they can lend to your class, and setting up a tournament is easy. You can find complete Scrabble Tournament directions and printables for the event on my Odds N Ends page.


Team Challenges
From Egg Drop Challenges to Tower Building, team challenges motivate students to think creatively and work together in order to solve a task. You can find many such activities that integrate math and science at the AIMS Education Foundation website. One of my favorites is to have kids create Puff Mobiles from straws, large wooden beads, and paper. Go to their website at http://www.aimsedu.org and search for the Puff Mobiles activity.

You can also find these types of activities at the NC Science Olympiad website.

Ed Tech & Online Learning Games
I’m amazed at the number of free and inexpensive online learning games available. If you have a computer in your classroom, you have access to all sorts of online games such as the skill races at Arcademic Skill Builders or the stories read aloud on StoryLine Online. I’ve also begun to research iPad and iPod apps for kids, and I’m excited at what’s already available.

Take a look at the 11-page alphabetical list of educational apps compiled by a group of teachers in North Carolina.You can also check out 20 Amazing iPad Apps for Educators or Online Learning Games Kids Love.

Multimedia ProjectsMultimedia Projects
Challenge your students to work alone or in teams to create multi-media presentations. Possible topics include anything from a recap of the school year to their dreams for the future. If you think "multi-media" means PowerPoint, think again. Check out Prezi, Animoto, and Slideshare for some exciting alternatives". 

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