Grad school will be done in two weeks. (SO excited about this one!) My fourth year of teaching will be over in ten days. (Where in the world has the time gone?) It's time to get back to blogging. Therefore, I've decided I'm going to participate in the #MTBoS30 challenge. (If you haven't heard about it, a bunch of MTBoSers are planning to blog a bunch--30 times to be exact.) Over the next 30 days, I am going to try to blog once per day. It's time to start reflecting on this year and start thinking about changes that I want to see happen next year. I've started reading more in the past week or so, so I want to share some of my recent reads with you, too.
Today, I want to share an end-of-year project I did with my students this year. It's an idea I had and blogged about back in August of this school year. It's a good thing I blogged about it because I would have totally forgotten about it otherwise. The idea was to have my students write a piece of advice to future students starting with each letter of the alphabet. The best advice for each letter would be compiled and shared with the next year's classes.
I'd forgotten about this idea until I was searching for something on my blog the other day and it popped up in the search results. I printed off the sheets and handed to them to my students to work on during one class period after state testing was over.
I experimented doing this activity several different ways. With my first few classes, I had them compile their answers in groups and then vote to decide which group had the best answer. This just led to a lot of unnecessary arguing and really got on my nerves. For the rest of the day, I had students just complete the sheets on their own. I ended up going through and picking out what I thought was the best pieces of advice.
So, here is the advice my students would give future students:
There were plenty of silly outtakes, too. But that'll have to be another post for another day.