How do you keep pupils motivated in the summer term? Some fun lesson ideas and activities for all the NQTs out there.
One of the hardest jobs as a newly qualified teacher is keeping the pupils motivated and on task, especially at the end of the academic year. The summer holidays are looming, they have nearly finished their exams and the summer term blues kick in.
There are a few golden nuggets we can give newly qualified teachers and final year students so you can help the fidgety kids channel their energy into productive tasks. Just remember its important pupils are engaged and learning something rather than just being occupied.
If you have any of your own suggestions you can share with us please email us and we can post them on to our website for everyone to see.
Cooperative Learning Activity Stations
At this time of year pupils tend to have a low attention span. By creating a map of stations with different interactive activities you can move groups or pairs of pupils around each station. Monitor when they start to loose concentration and quickly move them around to the next station. If you incorporate some cooperative learning in to these stations this will motivate your pupils to interact with each other. For more information on cooperative learning and some great resources click here
Pre-prepared lesson plans and resources centred around current themes
Why not use the Queen’s Jubilee, the Euros or the Olympics as a themed framework for your lessons. Not only will the pupils learn something different but its all relative to what is going on currently. Have a look at these lesson plan ideas for the Olympics click here
End of year conclusion
It is a great time of year to show your pupils what they have learnt and their achievements throughout the year. Not only is this motivating for the pupils but for yourself as a newly qualified teacher of final year student training to be a teacher! You could create a scrapbook, allowing each student to have their very own page where they can write a report of what they have done, report on special events and stick in pictures or drawings of what they have achieved. Some NQTs have done this on the computer and then printed a copy for every student.
An alternative to this could be a newsletter or magazine put together by the pupils. This will require a creative director, editor, proof reader, photographer and reporters. Don’t forget with all these ideas you can incorporate brainstorming activities and pupils will learn how to plan and put it all together. An alternative to all this could be getting the pupils to work in teams to create an interactive presentation on powerpoint which they then deliver to each other. Perhaps focusing on the other team’s achievements rather than their own.
Think about installing a book club for your class. You can create an environment that encourages reading but not necessarily the core texts on the curriculum. You can then set homework or activity sessions around their chosen book. This would also be a great time to encourage pupils to read their favourite exerts from their book aloud to the class.
Lots and lots of fun and games for positive reinforcement
Pupils love quizzes, puzzles, competitions and games. You could do a blog writing competition, a quiz centred around the history of the Olympics and tournaments using games like Sudoku or crosswords. These are great ice-breakers for anyone doing day-to-day supply or rewards for good behaviour. It also encourages team working between the pupils. Check out these education ice-breaker games click here
We rarely get good weather in this country but when the sun does show its face we need to make the most of it. A change of scenery is great for kids and things like science experiments, solving mathematical problems, writing poetry and reading can all be done outside. Just make sure you let your head of department or head teacher know what you plan to do in advance.
Again if you have any ideas you have used yourself that we can let our teachers know about that would be great. Just get in touch with us so we can promote your ideas.