Teaching Strategies: Saying A Meaningful Goodbye

Does your school year end on a disappointing note? Does it just kind of peter out, not with a bang, but a whimper (with apologies to T.S. Eliot)? Does your last day happen in an uninspiring manner?

If so, today’s centerpiece article on TeachHUB.com is just for you!

Penned by frequent TeacHHUB.com (and TeachhUB Magazine) contributing writer Jordan Catapano, who is a veteran high school English teacher in the Chicago suburbs, the article mentions and describes in great detail several teaching strategies can make your last day of school as strong as the first one.

Jordan’s teaching strategies to make the last day of school memorable include:  

  • Farewell Address
  • Class Awards
  • A Memento
  • And More!

Jordan sums up his article like this: “There are limitless possibilities for how you choose to end your school year. But whatever you do, don’t shortchange your students by ending on a fizzled-down note. Avoid just watching a movie, reviewing your class study guide, or playing a meaningless game. Instead, focus on how you can cram those last moments with one another in a way that adds value and meaning. This isn’t about making you or your students feel good; but it is about commemorating a great year of learning together and ending in a way that respects the relationships and growth everyone has participated in.”

What will you do on your last day with your students to end on a strong note? Share your plans with our TeachHUB.com community!

Teaching Strategies: Think-Alouds

Think-aloud teaching strategies are methods used to help students monitor and hone their own thinking. When utilized correctly, think-alouds can seriously improve students’ abilities to think critically – a cornerstone of any kind of academic mindset.

Today on TeachHUB.com, contributor Janelle Cox explains why think-alouds are important teaching strategies, how to use them, and how they can serve as an important assessment.

Using a reading assignment as an example, Janelle gives a point-by-point description of how to use think-alouds before, during, and after students complete a reading assignment.

Do you use the think-aloud strategy in your classroom? Do you have any tips on how to effectively use the strategy?