This year I teamed up with a group of secondary teachers to bring you fresh ideas on how to bring “comfort and joy” into your classrooms this holiday season in the Twelve Days of December Blog Hop.
Comfort and joy in a December classroom might sound like an oxymoron. However, there are many ways that you can keep your sanity this holiday season while keeping students engaged and motivated.
Here are a few ways that work for me:
#1: Independent Reading Calendars: Have students work on their comprehension skills with these choice calendars. Students can choose which assignments they would like to complete. Normally I assign these for homework, but they also work in the classroom. Students can read fiction or nonfiction assignments and demonstrate their knowledge. I find giving students choice really helps to keep them engaged and motivated. You can read more about it and access a freebie by clicking here!
#2: Kindness Quotes: Like everyone else, I absolutely loved the book, Wonder. An offshoot of this wonderful story is 365 Days of Wonder. This is based upon Mr. Brown’s precepts. There is a quote for every day of the year. In addition to the quotes, Mr. Brown has a story at the end of each month. I found it just as inspiring as Wonder and my students absolutely love to read the quote of the day.
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