Classroom Activities that Honor the Student of the Week

Kids love being the center of attention. So why not honor a student each week and have your class celebrate him or her?

It’s a lot of fun, as frequent (and TeachHUB Magazine) contributing writer Janelle Cox shows us. Janelle intones that honoring a student of the week is a great way to foster a sense of community in your class, and gives kids a chance to get to know one another.

Janelle’s specific ideas for honoring a student of the week include:

  • Poster day
  • Student’s favorite book
  • Special duties
  • And more!

Janelle sums up her article like this, in a subsection entitled Star Friends: “The star of the week will receive a class poster of the star that was on the bulletin board with their picture. It will include compliments from each student in the class as well as special drawings from the students.”

How do you honor your star of the week? Do you have any different events or activities that you do in your classroom? Please share your ideas!

Extracurricular Activities: The Sports & School Balance

Educators, parents, and students alike all struggle with finding and determining a balance between extracurricular activities like sports and traditional educational activities like learning and classwork.

It’s tricky to find that balance, but today on, guest author David Serwitz offers up some ways that eduactors, parents, and coaches can find the balance between sports and academics.

For instance, David says, teachers can:

    Remember the Benefits of Sports
    Actively Teach Time Management Skills
    Encourage Students to Use Available Resources
    And More!

David sums up his article thusly: “Finding balance between sports and academics requires a team approach. With the right help and communication from all parties involved, students can benefit from playing a sport, while still enjoying a quality academic experience.”

How do you keep a balance between extracurricular activities and academics?