Getting Students to the Finish Line

School is slowly coming to an end, final grades are in and students are getting a bit restless. What can we do to continue to build on that strong sense of classroom community and keep students excited and energized?

Images can be used to make us laugh, cry, think, reflect, and ask those higher level questions. Plus, students love taking pictures of themselves and their classmates. How can we use images to reflect on the school year?
End of The School Year Blog ImageGetting Started…

First, have students do an internet search for inspirational posters.  Looking at examples will help to get those creative juices flowing.  Next, have students take a picture(s) or locate images that communicates their answers to a question prompt. Then, challenge them to create a caption for their image that communicates their answers in a limited number of words or characters. This will help to Online Gambling Addiction emphasize the importance of effective communication and create a positive atmosphere for creativity. Here are a few example question prompts…

  • What advice would you give to upcoming students?
  • Where are you now compared to the beginning of the year?
  • How has your teacher helped you become a better person?
  • What has influenced your thinking the most?
  • What do you now know about _________ ?

The final step is to create their posters. Below are just a few resources to assist in creating and editing images.

For even more ways to “End the School Year in Style”, check out eMINTS eIS Jen Fosters”s eMINTS Classroom Strategies blog.

What other strategies might educators use to engage and energize students?

[This post was provided by Amy Blades, an instructional specialist for the eMINTS National Center.]  *Image provided by Pics4Learning