Thanks to its partnership with publisher Eye on Education, EducationWorld is pleased to present this fun staff activity idea, perfect for re-focusing teachers after the holidays. The idea comes from Battling Boredom: 99 Strategies to Spark Student Engagement, by Bryan Harris. The book provides tips for engaging students in the classroom, but can also be used for teachers.
Movement is critical to the learning process. Particularly after the holiday season, adults and children are better engaged when they are physically active. This dueling game is just the thing to help teachers stay on track while blowing off some steam. Try this activity at your next professional development meeting.
Typically used as a culminating activity, this strategy divides teachers into two groups in order to compete to see which team is first to complete an acrostic related to the content. It typically requires high energy and leaves teachers feeling good, laughing, and eagerly looking to see what their team was able to accomplish.
It can be difficult for teachers to focus for very long if all they're required to do is sit and listen (much like students!). This tip is a great exercise to start any PD day by re-energizing your staff and getting them ready to learn. This can also be used as a great team-building activity, or to break up sessions during a PD day.
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