Here are some quick tips for teacher survival and getting kids motivated while still keeping the input flowing:
Take the time to go over expectations. Every single day, every single class period. It may feel like wasted time in L1, but I promise you that it is not. Take the time to re-teach key procedures if you are not happy with how students are doing them.
This is the time of year I start with classroom points. For more information, check out all these posts by La Maestra Loca. These lead to a Preferred Activity Time or a fiesta.
I don't love games. It's a personal thing. But this is the time of year where games become a life saver. Here are some of my favorite INPUT based games to play during those hot, unending last period-of-the-day classes.
The Unfair Game
Lucky Reading Game
Paper Airplane Reading (You could do this one outside too!)
Click for more games from Señora Chase (games)and Comprehensible Classroom (games)- both teachers who are much better at playing games than I am!
Spicing up familiar games:
There are a bunch of games that involve throwing things for points-get creative. (But maybe not lawn darts, ok?) Look at the dollar store for inspiration. I once got a throw the ring on the cactus for $5 from Target. Nerf bats, whiffle balls, and anything that involves throwing things at other things are fair game.
Spicing up the secret input:
|Use sidewalk chalk to recreate scenes from a reading|
PLAY-DOH: Use play-doh to recreate scenes from reading (and use secret input activities to get them to re-read)
BUBBLES: Get bubbles from the dollar store. One student has to blow a wand full of bubbles while the other student tries to read as much as they can of a story or reading, then switches- their partner blows bubbles while the first student reads from where the other left off.
Scrambled eggs (modified running dictation).
What do you do to keep sane?