You can see the tension on the faces of the children and the teachers. Everyone has their #2 pencils and a book in hand. They’re quietly waiting in single file lines to use the restroom. Then, they’ll be marched to the *testing zone*. You know the place, right. It’s one where not a sound can be heard, and there are warning signs plastered all over the hallways that promise serious consequences if a disturbance happens. It is clear that it is an area you …do…not…want…to…enter. Thankfully though, the testing zone disappears a few hours in and luckily life returns to normal. For those testing, it is a long intense time, and by the time it’s over, they are ready for a break. Today, I’d like to share six suggestions of things you can do for fun that keep academics going, but provide a more relaxed atmosphere for the kids.
Write a Rap:
Move Your Classroom Outside:
Have you thought about turning the tables and letting your students teach the class? Assign your students the role of people you have studied this year, and let your guests come in an share about themselves to teach the class about the area they’re an expert in. This has been an effective teaching strategy actually, and it is pretty fun for the kids too.
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