Thursday, May 16, 2013

The 12 Sides to a Great School Year!

I like to do things a little differently. Most people like to make memory booklets, writing assignments, or other more traditional formats to help their students remember the school year. Not me, people. Not me.

I wanted something that would be spectacular and eye-catching. Setting to work, I came up with a project that would require my 60 writing students to really think back over their year and make an effort to recall ALL the aspects of their learning.

I decided to ask students questions like: "What are three pieces of advice would you give to next year's class?" I like how this forces students to think about what they did well, and where they had struggles.

Not only did they enjoy reflecting on the year, they had a blast reliving our field trip, and many other silly and serious events that had happened over the past year. It wasn't a silent work time by any stretch of the imagination, but it was a learning-loud experience.

As you can see, the kids made their pieces colorful and and informative!

Then we began the assembling stage. That was an event. But 6 staplers and 30 minutes later, we had nearly all 60 dodecahedrons completed! Phew!

I love the display that is hanging in my room. To hang them, I used my mini-clothespin and hooked them to a long string that winds around my classroom. They are going to be awesome for our academic fair tonight. WAHOO!

If you would like to take a peek at this kit, you can click HERE.

Enjoy your day and Happy End-of-the-Year!!!
-Mr. Hughes


  1. WOW! These look amazing! I am definitely going to wish-list this kit! Thanks so much for sharing! I bet it took quite a while to finish though..... Always need an activity like that at the end of the year!


    1. Howdy Alison-
      Thanks for your kind words. It actually only took the kids like 2 hours (over two days) to complete the circles and then another 30-40 minutes to make the dodecahedrons. So not TOO bad! :) I am confident that your kiddos will love it. Thanks for stopping by, it is always a pleasure to have you visit.

  2. What a great way to reflect back on the year! I'm hoping all 60 students put to use some of their suggestions, perhaps making them more aware of what they need to concentrate on for next year.

    Quality teaching, Mr. H. Well done.

    1. Hey Diplo-
      Thanks for stopping by again. I must confess I have NOT been over to your blog for a while and I miss it. Plan to catch up this evening actually. Thanks for your kindness and friendship. It is greatly appreciated. Have a great day, my friend.


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