The #LastBell movement on Twitter and in the blogosphere is designed to encourage teachers to treat May like it’s September–or to help them employ teaching strategies that inspire learning until the end of the school year. Until the last bell.
Co-moderator of #LastBell Jennifer Hogan facilitated an insightful chat recently for Hack Learning, in which she and some brilliant educators hacked the end of the school year. Here, we feature some of the amazing strategies teachers shared for teaching to the last bell and continuing learning even in May.
10 Teaching Strategies for Amazing Learning in May
1 – Use Skype to cross barriers
A1: Plan on having Ss Skype same content Ss from another school/district 2 let them exp. true networking. #hacklearning
— Patti Flynn M.S. Ed. (@Ms_PFlynn) May 1, 2016
2 – Give students autonomy
When my Ss finish the novels, they will create their own projects that somehow relate to them. Very little guidelines #HackLearning
— Mike Stein (@mike_stein33) May 1, 2016
3 – Turn goal setting into a project
A1: Two HS teachers are organizing SWAG (Ss w/a Goal) They are doing projects with elem students using service learning $$. #hacklearning
— Connie Hamilton Ed.S (@conniehamilton) May 1, 2016
4 – Teach students to build a class library
A1 Adapting Twitter inspiration for classroom book swap, encouraging Ss to bring titles from home & I’ll cull class library #hacklearning
— Brian Rozinsky (@brianrozinsky) May 1, 2016
5 – Assemble and celebrate learning
— Jonathon Wennstrom (@jon_wennstrom) May 1, 2016
6 – Make research fun
Time 4 research paper on Peregrine Falcons & DDT. Ss gather research and video evidence to develop a position and defend it #HackLearning
— Charles Byrne (@ByrneLearning) May 1, 2016
7 – Teach kids finance (we need to start this early)
— AGilliam (@MrsAGilliam) May 1, 2016
8 – Turn students into videographers
A1: Staring last novel of the year. Ss r “youtubers” post reaction vids for chapters. #HackLearning
— Monica Roland (@rolandteach) May 1, 2016
9 – Build a culture of kindness (we need this one year round)
A2: Ss writing something we like about each of our classmates. I’m doing one for each S. they need to know their importance #hacklearning
— Angela Gonzales (@missgdoes5th) May 1, 2016
10 – Teach kids to value the future
A2 Reinforcing the emphasis in their future by encouraging them to keep going. Go to end of year events #hacklearning
— Jaime Donally (@JaimeDonally) May 1, 2016
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Mark Barnes is the Founder and CEO of Times 10 Publications, which produces the popular Hack Learning Series — books that provide right-now solutions for teachers and learners. Mark is the author or publisher of dozens of books, including Bestseller Hacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes for Every School. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and Hack Learning. Join more than 115,000 interested educators who follow @markbarnes19 on Twitter.