Spring Break!! A common shout out heard from students across the nation. While spring break is a wonderful opportunity to rejuvenate, it’s also a time when the “end of year” momentum hits. Distraction sets in and the classroom dynamics that you worked so hard to build over the school year start to crumble.
This “post-break/summer is almost here” period can get the best of the most seasoned teachers.
With a little creativity and patience, teachers can use this time to re-focus and motivate students. You’re almost to the finish line, don’t quit now!
Here are six strategies for keeping your students engaged after spring break:
1. Start Back to School with a Clean Slate
Take preemptive measures before the break. When creating your schedule, try to wrap up any major projects before your students leave for break. Your students will have a fresh start after returning and not be pressured to review topics covered days or even weeks earlier. Now is a great time to introduce new concepts.
2. Encourage Self-Led Learning
Just because your students are not in the classroom, it doesn’t mean there are no learning opportunities. Spring break provides plenty of chances for students to explore fresh educational endeavors. Whether it’s diving into a book, cooking a meal, exploring a zoo or museum, or starting a garden, spring break is a great opportunity for self-led learning.
3. Ease into Learning
Shake the rust off with some simple post-break activities that help students get back into the swing of learning. Have students recap their breaks by hosting a ‘show & tell’ or creating writing prompts that facilitate sharing.
4. Change it Up
Think outside of the box. Create innovative projects to keep students on their toes and prevent boredom. Use engaging and creative online resources to help students prepare for upcoming standardized tests and fixed curriculum.
5. Set Short-Term Goals
Goals can include completing all homework assignments or improving basic skills like keyboarding or reading comprehension.
6. Field Trip or Outing
A strategically timed field trip during the first few days after spring break can serve as an enticing incentive for students to remain engaged and motivated. Spend the days before studying the trip destination, and the days after going over the trip itself. Or, simply take your class outside for an ecology walk.