Every year, students and teachers rally to put in the most effort to get through exam season. Revision sessions, mock exams and after school classes. Exam season can really take it out of any student as they strive to get the best grades possible.
Teachers too pull out all the stops to achieve exam success, starting as early as Easter. There is just so much focus on exams, on preparing and guiding students for every test, supporting students through the lengthy revision process.
But once the last paper is handed back to the invigilator, it can be hard to figure out how to spend the last few months of school. What happens when exams are done? With most exams finishing in early to mid June, that leaves at least a month and a half before summer break.
With students understandably exhausted after exam season, keeping them motivated in lessons can be a real challenge. In this article, we’ll be exploring how to make the best use of those summer months before students’ heads empty over summer again, sharing top activity ideas for a variety of subjects!
- Use Different Materials
- Let Students Choose
- Get Creative
- Take Lessons Outside
- Explore Languages
Use Different Materials
The first place you can start making a change in the classroom is by switching up the materials you’re using to teach. As teachers, you have quite the variety these days when it comes to learning resources. Interactive whiteboards a staple in almost every classroom in the UK. While this is great, there’s just so much more you can do, particularly without the pressure that comes with assessments.
The World-Wide Web
The internet is a fantastic resource, with lots of audio and visual materials for all kinds of students and to cover a wide range of subjects. Simple steps such as incorporating music, engaging Youtube videos, and even podcasts. For example, why not play a trending Spanish song in Spanish class. You can even watch a short video explaining Tudor history in simple terms. There are really no rules when it comes to what you can do. Have fun with it! Multimedia tools can be effectively used to introduce new concepts and liven up learning. This can get students to have more fun at school, using the flexibility of post-exams season to take a break from textbooks. Once the gruelling exams are done, it’s a great time to experiment and you might even boost student morale.
There are also loads of virtual learning tools that can help lessons be more collaborative. These include Padlet, Flipgrid and Quizlet. These platforms allow students to share online posts, exchanging thoughts on what they’ve covered in class. By encouraging organic discussion, you can keep students engaged and motivated in lessons. These platforms provide opportunities for a wide range of online and interactive collaboration, from polls to pop quizzes to Q&As to gathering student feedback. Don’t be put off – these websites are easy to use for students and teachers and can be lots of fun! Taking this kind of approach can also make classroom learning more immersive. This can really boost student motivation! For more on using technology in the classroom, check out this article from our Learn&Co team on enhancing language lessons!
Let students choose
Make Learning Exciting
Encourage students to have more fun with their learning, by presenting their findings to the class or sharing their thoughts. Other ideas include: building scientific models, arts and crafts projects, role plays based on novels. You can encourage students to work in groups, in pairs or independently. The important thing is to give students the freedom to explore subjects and learn new things in the way they prefer. While keeping on topic, you may find it boosts student participation and engagement in lessons – and could be a whole lot of fun for everyone too!
Another way to keep students motivated in lessons is by getting creative in lessons. By getting students to tap into their creative interests, you can try a range of different activities that help consolidate learning. This can be anything from music to art to tech to design to drama.