Food is flying around the room. kids are whining. The clock is slow. It is the Wednesday before Spring Break!!! Sweet Baby Jesus, let us all survive.
Do you feel me?? See?! I am starting to sound like them. Ugh!
Honestly, we do have some pretty cool things going on at school now. We have an International Culture Day coming up that will include a color blast on the football field. During times such as these lately, its pretty cool to see all the kids excited about a celebration that embraces all of the cultures here at school.
It is so nice to work with people who do such great things for kids.
However, we are still dealing with the Spring Fever Out of My Seatie Hinky Dinkies so I thought maybe a list of my favorite student engagement magic tricks would help ease the chaos a bit.
So here it goes for all those days when everybody in the room is feeling like moving and grooving, but you still have some teaching and learning to do:
This is an online game that uses the site for setup and an app for ipads, or smartphones to collect the answers on student response cards. Check it out. The kids love it!
This is a real-time game show! You can create any kind of quiz or questions as long as they can be answered by multiple choice. Or (here is the BEST thing) there are thousands of already made Kahoots ready to be played by you and your students! The link above is to the teacher part of the site to prepare for gaming. When you are ready to play, have the kids go to https://kahoot.it/#/. They type in the code you created and the fun begins! Students can use their school-issued device or their cell phone to answer the questions.
Warning: This game causes lots of hoorahs and yep yeps!!
Prodigy is an actual video game. Students must answer math questions to survive and beat out their classmates in battle. The kiddos enjoy this game because is very much like the games they play at home. Prodigy also monitors their math strengths and weaknesses, and begins the game at the place where each individual student needs more practice.
Nearpod is a student engagement dream come true!! It even grades student assessments for you!! You can make and assess your own content or search for the standard you are teaching and use one of their created Nearpods to teach with.
There are four ideas to keep them learning and you sane before Spring Break. I hope you try one of them.
If you have any really good ideas about student engagement please comment below. I would love to hear them. I hope you take some time out to rest, revive and enjoy yourself over the break! You deserve it.
Until next time, remember to pay attention!