Useful Tips

How to make an entire school year successful


By the end of the curriculum, we offer teachers 12 ways to cheer themselves and students. Use our ideas to have a good days at school.

The school year, as usual, was bright and eventful, and came to an end quite unexpectedly. We know that you and your students will remember this year with many joyful moments. He brought victory to many and helped to take an important step towards achieving the goals set.

We offer you interesting ideas that will help to brightly end the school year and leave positive memories for the whole summer!

Ideas Awaiting Summer

1. Count the days before the holidays

Hang in the classroom a tear-off calendar created by students. You will need a thick cardboard with a colorful thematic design and sheets attached to it with numbers indicating the number of days until the summer. Sheets can be attached with double-sided tape, buttons or with PVA glue.

Tip: You can use balloons instead of a tear-off calendar. The ball game can be turned into a daily ritual. At the beginning of the day, attendants inflate the ball, write on it with a marker, how many days are left before the holidays, paint and decorate. At the end of the day, you can solemnly burst the ball.

2. Remember the outgoing school year

Create a board with memories. Each student can hang a sticker on her with a short description of the bright event of the outgoing year. For example: “I won the Olympics in mathematics!”, “I visited a concert of my favorite group.”

Children will be interested in sharing their memories and reading about the achievements of their classmates.

3. Prepare unusual postcards

To make a postcard interesting, prepare portraits of schoolchildren in profile, on which students say something or even shout. Cut the photo and stick it on color cardboard. Next, glue a blank from a white sheet, similar to the inserts that are used in comics to convey the thoughts of the hero.

Children can write wishes on their card or simply share their thoughts and present a card to their beloved teacher, classmate or best friend.

4. Decorate the class in the summer

Use themed summer attributes that you or your students can bring from home to decorate the class. It can be seashells, an old fan, thematic summer books. The main thing is not to overdo it, because the guys can be distracted and forget that the school year is still not over.

Creative ideas for the last class hour

1. We carry out a hit parade of knowledge

Give the guys blank sheets of paper and suggest making your own TOP-10. Each item on the list is an interesting topic or simply a fact that the student learned in the lesson or while preparing homework. For example: “I discovered Bunin’s work”, “I learned how to make pointers in technology lessons”, “I learned the multiplication table”, “I learned that the platypus has no stomach!”

2. Cooking time capsule

This idea is as old as the world, but every year it is becoming more popular. Preparation of the time capsule captures and captivates both first graders and graduates. Recall, the time capsule is a message to the future addressed to oneself or to schoolchildren of the future. The simplest and most durable capsule format is a plastic bottle or container, and its contents are a letter with a message and greetings from the past.

Tip: Add small souvenirs or symbolic gifts to the capsule. You can also put a flash drive with photos or a video message there.

3. We are writing a message to our successors

This idea is similar to a time capsule, but differs due to a number of features. The bottom line is simple - the guys write a message to students who are studying a year younger and will take their place next year.

In this message, you can share tips, tell them what difficulties they may encounter in a particular lesson, what interesting things await them in this class, etc.

4. We are preparing a plan of affairs for the summer

In order for the summer vacation to be rich and memorable, it is necessary to approach its planning responsibly. Help the children prepare their own vacation plan, in which they can include their desires and dreams.

By the way, we give colorful blanks to all participants in contests and competitions for a personal plan for the summer. Participants can print it and enter the most important things and plans there.

Photo ideas for the holiday line

1. Create “talking” photos

You can have a fun photo shoot using our templates. Download and print them. Let the guys choose the template that they like best.

2. Capture your feat in the photo

Perhaps, for each student, the school year is a challenge and test, which gives him many pleasant emotions. Help the children feel joy that another test in their school life was left behind, and they coped with it with dignity.

Have a photo session with our photo masks.

3. We make a class motto

Come up with a class motto or slogan for the outgoing school year. Compose it from our template letters and take an original group photo. Each student can hold one or two letters.

4. Use your favorite blackboard

An original photo shoot can be held right in the classroom. To do this, decorate the blackboard with thematic drawings. If your students are studying in a specialized class, for example, physical and mathematical, you can use formulas, drawings and diagrams as drawings. Against the background of the blackboard, it is better to take pictures separately, with parents and a teacher or in small groups of 3-4 people.

Tip: Join our video flash mob “Last Call 2017”. All participants will be able to convey congratulations on the end of the school year to teachers and schoolchildren around the world, and we will prepare commemorative awards for everyone. We remind you that participation is voluntary and free!

Subject to talk: We hope you enjoy our tips. But perhaps you have your own, original, proven way to diversify the last day of the school year. Share it?

Primary and secondary school

1. Public expression of gratitude.

This method can be used at any time in the lesson. Children can thank each other for a job well done or for taking on a difficult task.

Valerie Gallagher, a first-class teacher from Providence, Rhode Island, rings the bell to attract class attention and names a student who needs to give public thanks to one of his classmates. She believes that such sudden gratitude motivates children better than praise from the teacher.

2. Elizabeth Peterson, a 4th grade teacher from Amesbury, Mass., Spends Friendly Fridays. On Friendly Friday, children write anonymous friendly notes to each other.

3. Marissa King, a 5th grade teacher from Tulsa, Oklahoma, shared two ways that encourage children to do good deeds.

The first is that the teacher gives the assignment to do a secret good deed, for example, write an anonymous inspirational note to a classmate who is difficult to learn a certain subject in school. The second is to notice how classmates do good deeds. When a student sees his classmate cleaning the class after class, he can post his thanks on the general electronic “kindness board”. Both methods teach children to be kinder to each other.

4. In the city of Capolei, Hawaii, teacher Jill Fletcher organized a blackboard similar to a Twitter user page. On it, students can create their own “profile” and add at least 3 readers - a friend, acquaintance and someone with whom they do not communicate very much. The first time it takes about 45 minutes to create a profile, the student talks about his mood or about a recent event in his life. Students added as readers are encouraged to respond to what the author wrote about in their profile.

5. Bobby Shaddox, a social science teacher from Portland, Maine, asks his seventh graders to choose to develop a set of rules of conduct for themselves in the lesson: 7 adjectives that describe them as a community of students. When students themselves create rules of conduct for themselves, the class becomes much more cohesive.

6. Joint physical or social actions of two or more students at the beginning or after the end of any activity.

For example, students can “give each other five” or verbally express gratitude to classmates. There is a curious confirmation that this really works. Researchers found that the National Basketball Association teams, whose players are more likely to physically communicate at the beginning of the season — for example, “give five,” or punch with teammates — gain more points during the season.

Old school

7. At Riverside School in Ahmedabad, India, each class conducts daily morning student meetings lasting 30–45 minutes to strengthen team relationships. During such meetings aimed at bringing students closer together, children play games, communicate, share ideas, and get to know each other better. One or several classes together can take part in such morning meetings, and both teachers and students themselves can conduct them.

8. Aukim Ballard, a teacher from San Francisco, holds short meetings at the end of the day at which children analyze how their day went. Pupils gather in a circle and thank one of their classmates for their help, apologize for their behavior or share a moment of insight. The teacher starts a conversation and invites volunteers to speak.

9. The five-minute “Roses and thorns” consists in the fact that the teacher and all students share something positive (rose) and negative (thorn). Many complain about quite ordinary things, for example, fatigue, but some share very personal problems - for example, they talk about a dog's illness.

10. The game of “snowballs” allows you to relieve stress: students anonymously write down one of their problems on a piece of paper, crumple it, and then the children throw them, as if playing snowballs. This allows you to relax and have fun. At the end, everyone picks up a “snowball” and reads out what is written on it.

Expectations and Reality

For many of us, the coming months are painted in rainbow colors: here is a joyful morning when we, having slept well, easily wake up when the alarm rings. Here we bring the children to school, and they, waving us goodbyes, happily run to study. Here is a wonderful family evening when all things are done and we rest in the family circle.

Unfortunately, these fabulous expectations rarely come true. In the morning, many of us are in a chaotic rush, in the evening it turns out that the lessons have not been completed (well, if at all begun), and you have to cry to drive the child to sleep. So for the New Year, we often draw near exhaustion, and what can we say about the end of the training race.

As a result, we are increasingly overcome by guilt due to the fact that we lack the will to organize our day properly. Is that familiar? In any case, year after year I observe a similar picture among students and teachers of my college. What can be changed here?

Overcome Procrastination

At one time, enrolling in graduate school, I firmly decided to end procrastination. The fact is that before that I was a champion in delaying important matters and took up work only when the deadline was already on the nose. I remember how in the evenings I played computer games with friends and wrote essays in parallel with snatches. Of course, I did not get any pleasure either from the game or from talking with friends: everything was poisoned by anxiety due to an unfinished task.

In the end, I'm tired of this combination of fear and nervous excitement. I wanted to finally find balance and calm. And then I drafted my “anti-procrastination” plan and tried to stick to it. In addition, I was inspired by the example of a friend who managed to cope with disorganization.

When at last I began to manage to concentrate on one thing, I realized that my plan began to work. And there was no magic in it. The rules of self-organization were not secret behind seven seals, I just did not want to notice them before. Now, I enjoyed the fact that all my work was done ahead of schedule, and gradually it became the norm for me. This is the key - to formulate an intention and draw up a plan for its implementation. How it's done?

To make a plan

The first thing to do is write down why you want the year to be different from the previous ones. Hint questions:

  • Think about how you would like to feel at the end of each school day? Weeks? Month?
  • How would it improve your life as a whole?
  • How serious are you about change?

Write down what you did not succeed in the previous school year. For example:

  • I did everything at the last moment, and this reduced the quality of my work.
  • I turned off the alarm button in the morning and therefore did not get up on time.
  • I spent too much time in social networks and did not have time to put the children to bed in time.

Come up with the desired alternative for each item. For example:

  • Plan all training / work tasks, manage to do everything on time and no longer feel driven.
  • Wake up at the scheduled time and gather calmly and with pleasure.
  • Go to social networks only after the children fall asleep.

Make a list of suggested causes that may interfere with your plans. For example:

  • I am not one to stick to the plan.
  • If I ever deviate from the plan, I can’t continue.
  • Someone will stop me from following the plan: household or friends.

Now figure out how you can overcome these obstacles. If you have ever managed to develop a new habit, remember this experience. For example:

  • I can break a big task into small ones and do them one after another at the scheduled time using a timer.
  • I can reward myself for doing small tasks.
  • I can ask for help from a friend who has learned to be assembled.
  • I can turn to a coach who will help me become more organized.

Start small

Do not try to change everything in life at once, it is too difficult. Start with just one. If you succeed in the first step, you will receive energy for the following changes. Record this step number one. Hang the note in a prominent place - on the refrigerator, for example. Or make it a screensaver for your computer.

It makes no sense to work on a plan on the run. Take the time to seriously think through everything. Evaluate what is written and, if necessary, edit it again so that all the items are right for you.

It is in your power to live this year effectively and with pleasure. You are capable of this, I am sure. Otherwise, you would not read this article now. You will see - in a year at this very time you will look back and note with satisfaction how much you have managed to do.

Caitlin Faas, psychologist, associate professor of the faculty of psychology and life coach.