Wednesday, July 31, 2019


I'm guessing that every teacher deals with certain days of the year when standard instruction is, well, a challenge. Halloween, Valentine's Day, the day before a long break, special days in the school or community.... The days when kids are [more than usual] easily pulled off-task. 

I call these days "days of concession" because I just concede them to the kids and move on. I don't want the day to be a total waste though, so on these days I frequently take a break in what we are doing in class and do something different related to the holiday if appropriate. 

My kids LOVE engineering design projects. Building catapults for "Punkin Chunkin" or space craft to "Protect a Peep" are big hits with my 6th graders. There are so many examples on the interwebs that finding something to do is super easy. A quick modification to make the activity suitable for the holiday or time constraints, and you have something that will engage students AND provide a worthwhile learning experience. Win-Win.

My activities for days of concession can be found HERE.

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