As we wrap up our final workshops, these thoughts may cross your mind: "What can we do in the remaining short time? What can we do that will keep students interested, involved, and learning between now and the end of the school year?"
This year, with the anticipated many interruptions of the final weeks of school, knowing I would never have time to do another workshop justice, I turned my READ 180 classroom into an independent study classroom where students work in 20 minute rotations to finish up their READ 180 books, segments, missing rBook assignments, etc.
I have to say that my independent study experiment has turned out remarkable well. Students are focused on completing their individual work and enjoy self-selection of what to do when.
PROJECTS & PRESENTATIONS
In addition, students might have a presentation to prepare.
Students love the projects and work hard at the beginning of class so they can spend more time on their projects in the last rotations.
1. For the first 2-3 rotations, students work on missing assignments, such as:
2. In the final 1-2 rotations, students work on their end of year presentations or other projects you might assign. For my students, I have 2 projects they are completing:
Here is a sample of the form I personalize and hand out to each student. I also keep a chart on the board updated with students' progress at the end of each day, which helps me keep tabs on who needs to do what.
STRESS-FREE STUDENTS & ME!
Not only is this a stress-free way for students to end the year strong, but it is also stress-free for me.
How do you handle the last couple of weeks of school? What is your secret to a productive end-of-year experience?