Things To Do When You Don't Know What To Do

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Things To Do When You Don't Know What To Do

  1. 1. Things To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do<br />Surviving the awkward extra time <br />at the end of class<br />By: Dani Masnica<br />
  2. 2. The Awkward Time<br /> The students are finished with their work with 8 minutes left in class. Do you assign them extra work? Do you let them have “free” time? <br />WHAT DO YOU DO????<br />
  3. 3. PANIC!<br />
  4. 4. Just Kidding!<br /> I really enjoy getting to know my kids and getting them to talk about stuff that isn’t always academic. Having a personal connection with them is very important and some of these end of class activities are great ways to have students open up.<br />
  5. 5. Plexers<br />A plexer is a type of word puzzle in which a word picture is created to represent a common phrase<br />Great brain teasers for middle or high school students<br />Builds students’ confidence<br />Teach students old and new English expressions<br />Easy to find online, in the newspaper, or plexer books!<br />
  6. 6. Examples of Plexers<br />*Answers: “Once upon a time”; “Western Division Champions”; “foreign language”; “an after thought”<br />
  7. 7. Optical Illusions<br />Kids go crazy over these!!!!<br />They all see things from different perspectives (this starts great “life lessons” talks)<br />Easy to find online or in a book<br />Kids enjoy explaining what they see or trying to figure out how it works<br />
  8. 8. Are the lines straight?<br />Do the stairs go up or down?<br />
  9. 9. Give Teenagers GOOD Advice<br />Read short passages from “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” or “Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul”<br />Most of them will like the stories and they have good morals and values<br />These stories can prompt good discussionsand get students really thinking<br />
  10. 10. Other Ideas<br />Tell all students to have an SSR book and give a reward for those who do<br />Get to know your students- chat about the upcoming weekend or school sports<br />Have a challenge problem on the board<br />Tell them a story about your life- past jobs, childhood experiences, fun trips. They really like to know that you are human too!<br />
  11. 11. Good Luck!!!!<br />*Pictures found on Google Images<br />

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