So it's been quite a while since I posted, and as I had stated before my goal this year was to find ways to keep STEM in the classroom as hands on and messy as possible while learning in this new environment.
This December I was fortunate enough to be sent to the ISTE conference and was blown away by all of the amazing software and ways that people have been able to present information in such cool and engaging ways. I promise I have a post coming for a lot of these resources!
But, as I was looking over all the great resources to share, thoughts kept coming to the back of my mind 'who has time for this? Who really cares about this right now? Is this really the most important thing to be sharing right now? Is content the biggest concern right now?' and though I am excited to share these things and teach people about fun new STEM tools, I think right now it's best if instead, I share things that have been working right now. Things that have made my students smile and stay engaged in our homeroom that haven't been a source of stress for me or my students.
- Class Jeopardy- A really fun and engaging site, Jeopardy Labs is a website where you can make teams and either play pre-made games or make your own and play with your students. Students can get competitive and have lots of fun. I've used it in homeroom and gotten some really fun responses
- Quizlet- This might not be new to some of you but I love this website. It's a way to introduce trivia or review that ensures collaboration. With Quizlet, each team is asked the same question but each student in the team has a different set of answers, this makes it so that students have to talk and share the answers they have and prevents one student from taking charge and answering every question. I highly recommend you check it out if you haven't as it is a wonderful and easy tool. You can check out pre-made quizzes or even make your own.
- This last one might be something some of you disagree with as it's not educational, but I will say, I had my students laughing, talking and fully engaged playing the game as a group. I have been playing a free game with my students on Friday mornings called Among Us. Some of you may have heard of this game or seen your students playing but for those of you that don't know, it's basically a murder mystery set in space, where 1 or 2 students is an imposter and the rest of you try to figure out who it is without getting killed by the imposter. During the course of the game we all were talking laughing and making dramatic accusations while working together. Some of my kids might feel like they're drowning when looking at an assignment or when they're sitting alone at home, but at least during this time with me, they are having fun and are still part of a community that can all get together and play. After all, they are still kids, and should have time to be kids.
I realize that some of the things I have shared here are not educational, but all I can say right now is that at this point, content is not king, relationships are. These are 3 ways I've been finding ways to have fun with my students that are light and don't require you to learn or test anything new. I hope you try some of them and share any thoughts or other ways you are having fun with students!