10 tips for getting your students back on track after a snow day
by Teacher2Teacher Team | 02.5.16
How can you make the most of post-snow lessons? We asked our followers on Twitter (Psst! Come join us!) how they get their classes back on track after a surprise snow day…or week. Read on for their best tips and stow them away to try after your next snow day!
- “I always ask students what they did during their time off & do “you” think it was necessary. I make students stakeholders.”—Teacher @mxdhny66.
- “Although my Ss will not be in this situation, I’d do snow-related sci. experiments/tie in thermal energy/transformations.”—Teacher @love5thgrade
- “Colorado teachers know all about snow! Engage students by letting them share snow day adventures and make it a learning opp.”—Teacher and designer couple @COTeachContent
- “Surprise snow? Snowball fight w/ sight words on paper and write about their fun adventures, then share!”—Teacher @croberson8
- “Ss summarize their day off in writing using 10 words or less first thing in AM and share out.” —Teacher @AlieSanterre
- “Nothing like some vocabulary basketball! #SpanishClass”—Teacher @clarkjjw
- “This year we talked about friction in science with sleds and built our own experiments to try it out!” —Teacher @PopIntoFourth
- “We write about it and take turns sharing! Might as well turn the excitement into a lesson.”—Teacher @LyndsayTeaches
- “Review the rules, procedures, and previous material in a fun @GetKahoot game. My students ❤ my quizzes.” —Teacher @mcathyg
- “Some great learning during snow days, we’ll talk about that, then graph the rate of snowfall from data.” —Teacher @MsWolfinger
And if all else fails, teacher @gary_neuzil has one final, succinct piece of advice:
What are your top tips for getting students back in a learning mindset after an unexpected day off? Share them with your fellow teachers in the comments.