Combating Senioritis Part 1: Getting Students Outside and Changing up Lecture [episode 12]


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As the weather starts changing and the days are getting longer, Spring Fever starts to set in. I call it Senioritis, and whether you teach seniors or not, this condition does not discriminate based on student age. To be perfectly honest, Senioritis hits me as well. I get just as antsy as my students do for Spring Break and feel myself longing for summer days where I can escape the four walls of the classroom.

This month, I’m doing a 3-part series all about combating Senioritis. I’ll be sharing specific suggestions for keeping your students engaged until the end of the year, despite the weather changing and the countdowns to summer break.

In today’s episode, I’m sharing two simple strategies you can implement to shift the mood in your classroom drastically right away. In my experience, the worst thing you can do is to ignore the symptoms of Senioritis and keep pressing on as you always have, refusing to acknowledge what is happening. This was my strategy during my first few years of teaching. 

I felt pressure to keep plowing ahead because I had to prep my students for end-of-course exams. It didn’t take long to realize that it was not an effective strategy. Instead. I needed to acknowledge the energy change in my students and accept that the mood had shifted. Then I was able to make simple changes to make the end of the year better for both me and them while still keeping my students engaged and learning. Even the smallest change can make all the difference in mood and give you and your students an instant boost in energy and morale.

Stay tuned for next week’s episode where I will share even more tips for combating Senioritis and ending the year positively. Be sure to follow so you never miss an episode!

Topics Discussed on Combating Senioritis:

  • Simple changes you can make to the end of the year that will shift the energy for you and your students and keep everyone engaged 
  • How taking class outside can completely change the mood and re-energize your students and what you need to have to function in your “outdoor classroom”
  • A major cause of “Seniorits flare-ups” and how you can alleviate them with discovery stations
  • Tips for getting started with discovery stations and how to keep them simple for you while still providing a highly engaging activity for your students

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