5 Little Things That Spark End of Year Joy

Lots of time to think today during testing, so here are a few things that brought a smile to my face today:

  1. End of year slide show.  I take photos throughout the year, then let my Mac do the rest of the work in turning them into an animated slideshow.  I try to include every student at least once, and in the 4-5 minutes that the show runs we get to laugh, reminisce, and just take a breath before we dive into exams!
  2. Our coloring station.  Posted right by the door, we’ve worked on coloring in the few minutes after we close the lesson but before the bell rings.  Command strips allow the jar with the pencils in it to be stuck to the wall & stay tidy.  Sweet conversation starter at the end of the period as I say goodbye to them at the door every day.
  3. Dry erase page protectors–now empty! We use these several times a week to reduce copying and keep our realia neat 🙂
  4. Play-doh and 5. coloring sheets.  Fast finishers, have at it!  This has been a big hit, even with the seniors.  One group of scholars even built themselves a Play doh bowling alley complete with pins and a ball, and were keeping score as they played! Others colored and had a ball doing so–all while being quietly entertained without digital devices while the rest of the class finished their assessments.

What little things are bringing joy to you today?

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