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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