It’s the beginning of the new school year; fresh, exciting changes are on the horizon. Anything could happen! So much opportunity and learning is ahead for your students and now is the time to engage them and get them ready for what lies ahead! Here are some ways you can take advantage of the excitement for the school year and keep the momentum going. After all, a new year is all about changes.
1. New Seasons
Invite your students into the new class and new school year with a lesson on new seasons. The four seasons: summer, fall, winter, and spring correlate to our seasons in life. Summer is a time of joy, relaxation and rest. Fall is a time of leaving the old and growing into something new and beautiful, though it may be unexpected. Winter is the change or death of what is unhelpful in your life. It is the readiness to let go of the things that no longer serve you and to make room for the new spring! Spring is when the flowers bloom and growth explodes in your life! Invite your students to welcome the new season and reflect on the joys and challenges of each season.
Remind your students that they can start a brand new year and turn over a new leaf. They can do things they never did before. This is a whole new year! Change is good. Share a story or example of how a change in your life impacted you for the better.
Allow your students the opportunity to reflect on the prior school year. What do they want to do differently? What worked? What didn’t work? Help them to see how small changes can help, such as joining a club, doing their homework first thing and then playing outside, or how going to homework club or tutoring can really make a difference.
The world is open before you and your students! Give them a sneak peek into all the exciting things they can learn about this year- either in class or for special projects. The world is your oyster- there is so much to see and learn. Invite them to take a learning quest or challenge style scavenger hunt to find what they really enjoy learning about and what they excel at or what their learning style/preference is.
Related to the excitement of learning, there is so much to explore. Like the depths of the ocean floor, students can also go deeper in their learning. Have the students choose one of their favorite learning topics to more fully explore. They can do this with a book project, a poster board or collage, a skit or presentation; anything that helps them get engaged and excited to more fully explore an area of their learning in a new way that helps them apply it.
Captivate your students by showing them a motivating speech or project another class or student completed. Motivation is key to success. This is a crucial time to show your students they can do anything if they commit to the hard work involved! It is important to show them the purpose of hard work and how it pays off in the future. A dream can turn into a fully executed, amazing plan. Action can be accomplished with the right tools. Anything is possible!