May 29, 2018

End of School Student Help

Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher

There is so much to do at the end of the school year! Every year I have great intentions of everything I want to accomplish and then I run out of time. This year I decided not to try to do everything myself and instead give my students tasks to help.

Last week, we spent 30 minutes a day "helping others." I showed my students the website Free Rice. This website has students answer questions in various subjects. Each correct answer earns 10 grains of rice for people in a developing country. While they are working on this, I pulled students a couple at a time to complete a task I wanted completed. This has definitely helped to complete the little projects that haven't been done in years while students not completing a project have a great task to complete!

Here's a list of projects students can complete:

  • Check markers and throw away ones that don't work. This includes dry erase markers as well as markers for coloring.
  • Check your pens and highlighters and throw away ones that don't work.
  • Organize book bins. All my bins are labeled. The students made sure the books were in the correct bins.
  • Check the quality of the books. This means looking for rips and missing library cards. I had them put these books in our Book Hospital.
  • Wipe down all book bins and bookshelves. 
  • Pick out all the broken crayons from our community crayon bins.
  • Pull the paper off broken crayons. (I use these to make student gifts. Click HERE to see how.)
  • Check student supply bins in our Guided Reading area and restock as needed. This gets them ready for next school year. (It helps to have a label with all the items you want inside these bins.)
  • Take down posters and pull of the tape/sticky tack. 
  • Remove bulletin boards and all staples.
  • Complete the puzzles to find missing pieces.
  • Check all games to make sure all pieces are there.
  • Put the August calendar pieces on your calendar before you pack it away.

What projects would you add to this list?

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