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End of the Line
For the uninitiated: There comes a point in every school cycle where you’re basically done teaching, but you’re still stuck babysitting. How an educator deals with this absolute fact varies wildly. In my case, I ascribe to the “Let’s have some fun!” philosophy.
I’m a Computer Science / Technology Education teacher and my lessons are a bit exciting in general; if you’ll let me say so myself, kind stranger. Naturally however, this means that for “the grand finale”, I dial things up to 11.
Below is a list of websites (and their creators) alongside some example challenges.
The way the game goes is:
- Split the class into groups. 4-6 students per, more or less.
- Present the challenges.
- Students work as a team to complete as many as they can.
A hurdle you’re likely to deal with is that some challenges are harder or more time-consuming than others. That can be remedied with the addition of a points system proportional to each item’s difficulty. Since that will vary with the goal you set, I’m not including them in this post. Also: Be mindful that the element of surprise and limited-time play into the intensity (and overall enjoyment) of the game.
Another thing I like to do is give students multiple avenues for victory. Imagine a scenario in which one team is dominating, this can lead to loss of incentive for the other groups. Consider having prizes for each team, like an MVP award, and a whole class prize for cumulatively checking off the entire list.
Anyways, I think there are a few more sites I want to add to this post so I’ll likely update it continuously going forward. Please comment below, or reach out to me, if you got something worth nominating. You’ll probably end up making some kids pretty happy!
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End of the Line