And so this is Christmas
And so this is Christmas…
Have you welcomed the festive spirit into your classroom yet? Last week I shared my lesson plan MY FAVOURITE TIME OF YEAR, which received a lot of positive feedback. If you missed the lesson, you can find it here.
Meanwhile, since the schools will break soon and chances are you´re planning your holiday homework, here´s a different approach undertaken by an Irish school for the whole month of December.
Gaelscoil Mhichíl Uí Choileáin, a primary school in County Cork replaced the usual homework with “acts of kindness”. Their students have been encouraged to perform various random acts of kindness to their friends, families as well as the local community. What´s more, they were asked to illustrate their benevolent acts in writing or pictures in their special Kindness diary.
What I really love about this amazing initiative is the fact that the students also have to write kind notes about each other, which are read out at assembly at the end of the week. The goal of this activity is to raise pupils' self-esteem.
Last but not least, the final task for each class is to come up with a project which will help the community at Christmas. Not only are the youngsters stimulated to be compassionate but also giving and caring. So hats off to the inspiring educators from Gaelscoil Mhichíl Uí Choileáin.
Have you ever involved your students in any similar projects? If so, I would love to hear from you and share your experience on my blog to motivate other teachers.
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I´m signing off blogging for the next two weeks in order to spend some quality time with my family and also start work on a new creative project.
Happy holidays to those of you who celebrate Christmas!
PS. And if you haven't planned your Christmas shopping yet, may I recommend reading this beautiful true story first?