Originally Posted by 6up
So its that time of the yr where the term is concluding, you are tired and ready for your 7-8 wks off and the kids are hyped up etc etc. How do you keep your kids in check for the last month or few weeks remaining?
This month I had kids do a large group project that made them be VERY creative (the had to create a product, then an ad campaign for that product) and they loved it. The results were out of this world! I always finish the year (I have 8th graders so they graduate in one week, plus have been practicing for their ridiculously long 8 song graduation ceremony since 5/18 a few periods a day) with screening Life is Beautiful. Everyone winds up leaving the room in tears at the end. They learn about the Holocaust every year in their lit classes, but that always focuses on it being a "Jewish event". Very few of my students are Jewish, so I feel that this film, which shows it as more of a "human event" and doesn't focus on the Judaism, is easier for them to empathize with. Works every year.