Q1: Does your school celebrate the holidays? With what types of events or activities?
- A1: This year we are bringing back the Yule Log as part of our Winter Solstice celebration, celebrating nature instead of a denominational holiday because we’re an environmental school
- A1: As a school, we have a holiday concert where the choirs and bands perform. Then we have a school-wide sing along on the last day before holiday break.
- 1: Our school doesn’t officially celebrate Christmas or not celebrate Christmas – it’s more of a classroom thing. We’re reading A Christmas Carol.
- A1: We also added a family gingerbread house making night.
Q2: Do you celebrate the holidays in your classroom? With what types of lessons or activities?
- A2: I like to celebrate the season with educational activities more info in this blog post https://t.co/n0MjDk5UV6
- A2: I don’t have my own classroom right now but I love the idea of giving the gift of words as described in this blog post https://t.co/GLcVnxOJV4 (Tip #3)
- A2: Lots more holiday ideas here https://t.co/DxyUCavj5i
- A2: I love reading the play version of “A Christmas Carol”!
Q3: How do you keep students focused on curriculum during this month which is filled with special events and activities?
- A3: I keep the same routines too plus I try to have more active things going on: https://t.co/AIRAr3mwyh
- A3: I teach real content and keep up regular routines until the last day of school before holiday break.
- A3: Using nonfiction texts tied to the holidays is a great way to keep things academic any time a holiday comes up. Students learn about the holiday and don’t realize they are also practicing readings skills https://t.co/WS8BWRtNJ7
Q4 & Q5: Share some resources for helping students think beyond themselves during the season of giving (e.g. blog posts, Pinterest ideas).
- A4: At school we do a hygiene drive for the homeless of small soaps, toothpaste, etc. More ideas in this past chat https://t.co/LXvRTJAHG4
- A4: Great lesson ideas for thinking about giving in this Twitter chat recap https://t.co/B14lKij5gr
- A5: Here’s ideas for different ideas some academic, some service learning-oriented for leading up to the holidays https://t.co/4mxsbgyloR
- A5: I’ve seen kindness chains made from paper and I think I am going to try that this year. 🙂
- A5: I’ve also tried “Paying it Forward” with classes. One year we sang at an assisted living and made “grandfriends”.
Other Great Holiday Ideas
- Holiday Season Survival Guide
- Tips for Teachers to Reduce Holiday Stress
- Promoting Joy During the Holiday Season
- Holiday Lesson Ideas
- Helping Students Think About Giving Not Getting
- Re-Establishing Classroom Routines and Goal Setting After the Holiday Break
- The Holiday Season in the Secondary ELA Classroom