Teaching Ideas for Closing the School Year and Looking Ahead
During this time of upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, students need opportunities to experience community, connect, and feel a sense of closure before heading off for the summer. How can teachers provide such opportunities at the close of the school year? Facing History and Ourselves offers six ideas that can work for in-person, hybrid, and remote students. The ideas include journaling, creating digital portfolios, writing notes of appreciation, designing a virtual “good-bye” graffiti board, listing hopes and fears for the summer, and writing an encouraging email to themselves. These ideas can help students reflect on the past school year, celebrate their school community, and look ahead to what comes next.
As we begin to resume many aspects of our lives that have been on hold since the start of the pandemic, we can continue to reflect on the impacts of COVID-19, not only as teachers and parents but also through the eyes of students. The filmCocoon, made during lockdown in March 2020, offers a window to begin this conversation.
Three new early-literacy apps have been released for free by a team in the Harvard Graduate School of Education and its Reach Every Reader initiative. The apps are designed for parents and caregivers to use with their children to encourage fun and rewarding interactions, promote dialogue, and give children the foundations they need to read, learn, and thrive.
Wisdom: The World of Emotions is an adaptivesocial–emotional learning game offered by BetterKids for children aged 4–8. The app, available for iOS and Android devices, includes an SEL curriculum, SEL transitions, and SEL activities to support students’ emotional wellbeing.