The holiday season always brings joy to both students and teachers. It is a time to rest, relax and enjoy time with family and friends. But it is also a time to look at the second half of the school year and how to start it off strong. We have some tips, tricks, strategies and resources that will get you energized to start the rest of the school year off on the right foot.
Before you leave for winter vacation, make sure your room is ready to go when you return in January. If you are the cleaning type, it is a great time to wipe off student desks, counter tops, ledges, and your teacher desk too. If you like to stay organized, it is the perfect time to put away your teaching resources from the curriculum you just taught, and to take out the materials you will need when you return. Another tip is to think of a new desk arrangement for when the students return. It will give your classroom a new look and students will be excited to sit in a different spot.
If you have not discovered oil-based paint pens yet, you need to! These pens can be written on student desks and are easily removed! You can find these at any office store. Before you leave for break, write notes on your students’ desks welcoming them back to your classroom. Here are some possible messages you could write: “Welcome Back, Let’s Make This Year Great, You Are a Rockstar Student…” Another trick is to spend a good portion of the first day back just having a discussion with students about how their vacation was, and goals that you have as a class for the rest of the school year. When the discussion is done, provide students with “Smarties” candies to let them know that they are all smart and that you are going to have a great second half of the school year together!
Do school days sometimes drag on for you? If they do, buy a large desk calendar, hang it up in the room for everyone to see, and cross off days as they go by. It will make a huge difference in your attitude. Both students and ourselves love to see the “Xs” go up on the calendar as each day passes. If field trips or days off for school are coming up, we write those on the calendar too and students look forward to those days as much as we do. Another strategy that we love is to assign “real-life” jobs to our students. So instead of a “pencil sharpener” we have a “lumberjack.” Instead of line leader or pledge leader we have “president.” Students love the jobs and can’t wait to become one of them when it is their turn. You can find the resource by clicking here.
If you are looking for some great material to start the second half of the school year off on the right foot take a look at these creative resources below!
This bundled resource is designed for students to be engaged every day Monday-Friday for the entire school year (36 weeks). Monday has a writing activity, Tuesday has trivia, Wednesday includes famous quotes, Thursday contains thinking and logic puzzles, and Friday has fun facts. They are all designed in a kid-friendly and fun way. These are sure to be a hit with your students! Click on the link above or the picture below to access the resource.
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We have created over 30 novel units over the past five years for teachers to use in their classrooms. These novel units have all been rated highly and downloaded frequently. We are now offering teachers a chance to stock up on 5 novel units at a discounted price! Click the link above or on the picture below to access the titles!