As the weather is getting warmer and days are getting longer, the season is changing, and we all know what is coming up… Spring Break! These two words mean something different to everyone. Students are excited for the long-awaited break from the norm of school; the idea of no homework, no getting up early, and no “required learning” is exciting and can bring a lot of anxious energy into the classroom.
Parents are now faced with a period where they must know what to do to keep their children entertained and cared for. As for teachers, they have the joy of finding a way to keep students engaged and focused on learning while the energy level in the classroom is the complete opposite.
Spring Break Writing
Group / Team Learning
As educators may notice, learning may not be the top priority for students right before a break. Thus, breaking up the learning day with another non-traditional task may be necessary.
Some examples of these could include:
Spring Break Classroom clean up
Go outside for nature walks
Finally, the last tip that we can share is to keep it fun. As the energy is positive as they are nearing their anticipated break, it will be a lot easier to keep the energy high if the tasks and learning goals are also positive.
Below are some suggestions that can help with keeping the learning entertaining.
Any educator will know keeping students focused can be difficult; throw in tons of energy, excitement, and the anticipation of not having to go to school; you better pull out all the tricks to keep students focused and engaged. Hopefully, the list above on how to keep students engaged before spring break, provides ideas that can help maintain some structure in the classroom.
Just remember these three critical things for keeping students engaged before spring break:
Learning may come in many forms, but it doesn’t have to be the same old structured lessons and testing to teach. Find out-of-the-norm learning techniques that give them more of a hands-on experience. If they can experience and do the tasks, it makes it more accurate and should help them retain the knowledge.
When there is that much energy and excitement, give them a break from the traditional learning, instead use this time to let the creative side go wild; a good break from mental work will allow them to get some energy out. This is definitely the time to maximize on the arts.
Keep it fun, if they enjoy it, they will want to do it. Learning in teams, games, or competitive natures may be the edge you need to keep the students engaged. Get them involved in creating the games and playing the games, so there is learning on both ends.
We hope this ultimate guide helps you maintain peace in the classroom before spring break, but note that these tips will also help when it’s back to school after spring break. Once they return after their time off, the energy and focus of the students will still be different, so using these learning styles will ease them back into the norms of in-class learning again. Remember, you get spring break to recharge as well, so there is a mutual benefit.
Good luck educators!
Hey, I’m Kris Taylor. I’m a Learning and Development professional currently in the healthcare field, with over 8 years of experience in the area of corporate education. I have created numerous instructional content for various corporate projects including eLearning, in-person facilitation, and virtual training across a wide variety of learning interventions and sectors. On Taughtup, I discuss topics ranging from how to succeed through K-12 to college all the way to instructional design tips for L&D designers.