you’ve taught for any length of time, you’ve probably done some version of
student of the week. After doing a few
years, it is very easy to get to the point where you lose your enthusiasm for
doing it. There were years that I
thought I would not do it anymore, and those were the years that I could
guarantee to have at least one parent ask me about it at our Back to School
some reflection, I decided that this was one of those things that was going to
be a part of my teaching life every year.
If it was going to be part of my week, I needed to make it have value to
me. Up until this point, it was more of
a show ‘n tell type of activity. Granted
it did a great job of building positive relationships with students and their
parents, but when you have a hectic schedule, it is hard to give up valuable
instructional time for something that you don’t see has academic merit.
a little tweaking, I was able to add some academic components to the lessons,
while still keeping some of the activities that make the student feel special
and build relationships.
Hot off the presses is my new EDITABLE in Powerpoint and INTEGRATED Star Student packet. If you purchase this packet, please do not get overwhelmed. I included a variety of activities so you can choose the ones that fit your class best. Some activities may fit your class one year and other activities may work with your class another year. There is a menu of choices of fun activities and academic activities.
If you happen to have a challenging class this year, I would suggest doing a few of the same activities for all of your stars such as the class book and bulletin board. But, change the academic activities so you won’t lose the interest of your students. This way the students who are the stars at the end of the year have just as an enthusiastic of an audience when its their turn as their classmates did who did at the beginning of the year.
Here is a sneak peek of some of the activities:
- Option #1: Send home a questionaire that the parent fills out and sends back with pictures of the topics. For this note, you will set up a writing center like the one in the picture above. Your star will use the information from the questionaire to fill out printables shown above which will decorate the bulletin board. There is also 2 different pages that your star can use to attach the picture and write captions. This is a great non-fiction features lesson!
- Option #2: Sent home a parent note and copy of the star pages shown in the picture above that the parent and star will use to decorate a post. Hang this poster on your star student bulletin board.