Teacher Appreciation Week is over. Spring sports are in post-season play. GO VIKINGS! Seniors have received their graduation caps & gowns, gone to Prom, and picked up their Prom pictures. ASB officers for next year have been elected. The only state testing we have left is the Biology End of Course. The End Is Near.
Other bloggers for CoreLaborate have addressed the challenges of finishing a school year. Check out Brooke Perry’s Three Ways to Avoid Tripping at the Finish Line. This is my high school take on using “elementary” practices to keep juniors and seniors from checking out prematurely.
It is absolutely essential to use every engagement & differentiation strategy in our repertoire.
GAMES. Have students build a Bingo Card using math facts (the odd integers between 1 and 11, multiples of ten between 1 and 100,000, etc.). During the BINGO game, students solve problems whose answers match the math facts on their board. Here’s a link to one of my new favorite websites: MathEqualsLove.blogspot.com Scroll down and check out MATHO for logarithms. This would work for many math topics.
ARTS & CRAFTS. High school students, much as they try to hide it, love to color and cut things out. Yes, they even make a mess with glue like champion 3rd graders. Go back to that MathEqualsLove blog and check out the INB’s (interactive notebook) tab. We have done several of her logarithm foldables. In Physics, I adapted a “Science Doodles” foldable for Series and Parallel Circuits. (Check out the image at the top.)
GET ‘EM MOVIN’. After 15-20 minutes of sustained seatwork, I give each student a Numbers Go Fish card and students with matching cards get together to review their work. (They are high school students. If I don’t randomize the process, they will either pick the person they are sitting next to or head straight to the people they always work with. Besides, the cards are super cute.)
DRINK LOTS OF CAFFEINE (or do whatever is healthy/school appropriate to keep your own energy levels up). If we can’t sell how much we love what we’re teaching, our students are not going to pick up what we’re puttin’ down.
Married to Larry, an old Coast Guard salt and amazing man.I get to share Larry with our yellow lab, Sherman.
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