Teacher’s to do list!
Final writing assessment
Final reading assessment
Only a few days left in school! If you are anything like me, I am already looking forward to a much needed summer break in order to get my mind back into next year. Just like me, students are thinking of everything else but school. How do you keep them engaged to the end?
In past years, I have struggled keeping the students engaged in learning for multiple reasons which include closing assemblies, science fairs, early student vacations, testing, on-going schedule disruptions and so on…! As a result, I can see in my students eyes that what I am teaching is not sinking in. This year I dusted off the idea of Gallery Walks and introduced it to my first graders. The results are amazing! Students no longer have that glassy eyed, no vacancy look to them. They are excited about learning and continue to show a growth mindset in their learning.
- Set expectations
- Group your students-Do this carefully and intentionally to ensure a good mix of high, medium and low students in each group
- Turn your students loose and let the team work begin.
- In their new groups, have them choose a topic. Kindergartners and first graders may need a little help narrowing the topic. At first, this part can take a while because it is a lesson on how to work as a team and to come to a consensus as a team. These are great teachable moments.
- Once the topic is agreed upon, have the groups choose a group leader…this student is in charge of the poster and directing the group. Again this could take some time at first.
Once the group leader is chosen…
- Give the poster to the students and have them start with the title and a picture of their topic. Students get their Ipads (or any other technology they have access to) and research.
- Have them take notes on a piece of paper.
- Have them transfer their research to the poster to use as an anchor chart as they teach.
They are ready to be teachers! Now that you have these amazing posters/anchor charts, now it is time for you to have the students teach what they have learned.
Teacher forms new groups with at least one student from each of the former groups.
Hang posters on the wall and have each newly formed group go to a poster and begin the gallery walk.
The student that helped create the poster teaches it to their newly formed group. Switch every five minutes until every student has shared the poster they helped create.
Kickback and relax now that you have your to do list complete and you can finish the year strong with your students engaged.
I believe that the foundation of all learning begins in the home and all students are "OUR" students.Not yours, not mine but OURS.