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End Strong: A Plan for the Final 2-3 Weeks
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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?"



INDEPENDENT STUDY

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. 

  • For my students, it's their 20TIME (Genius Hour) projects, which they have devoted 20% of their week (every Friday in the final MP) to researching and developing a project of their choice. Check out Sally Doulton's Genius Hour Blogs: Part 1 and Part 2 for some ideas.
  • For other classes, students could prepare a presentation of their favorite book or workshop, a letter to the incoming students, a class book, etc.


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. 

  • I have students completing their presentations using Google Slides/PowerPoint, PowToon, Prezi and posters.  
  • One student, Izzy, who has difficulty speaking clearly, is using the Tellagami app on an iPad to create a character who will speak her presentation for her.


CLASS ORGANIZATION

1. For the first 2-3 rotations, students work on missing assignments, such as:

  • Finishing independent reading books, book points, or words read (I use book points)
  • Finishing READ 180 segments (I require 3 completed segments this MP)
  • Making up any missing rBook/ReaL Book work (my students are finishing their literary analysis revision & editing)
  • Taking their final Reading Inventory Assessment after completing their final READ 180 segment (in my case, 3/3 segments completed MP 4).


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:

  • A reflective poem about their class trip to the Washington, D.C. National Mall
  • 20TIME Presentation and Project


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.

  • With students working independently, I am free to check in with each student on their progress, answer questions, update their status and my grade book.
  • I also like that each student is completely finishing their READ 180 segments so that next year if assigned to READ 180, they don't begin in the middle of a forgotten segment.

How do you handle the last couple of weeks of school?  What is your secret to a productive end-of-year experience? 


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Stage C READ 180 Educator
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Debbie is a READ 180 Stage C teacher based in New Jersey. 

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