6 Secrets to Planning a Great Easter Break for Teachers

 

Somehow Easter is already upon us and exam season just a short break away. So, it’s time to relax and enjoy a well earned break. Here’s 6 ideas to take your mind off the classroom, but keep you inspired and, without you even knowing it, get ready for the summer term.

Netflix is your friend - Netflix will have the usual flurry of Easter treats available towards the end of March. But, talking history, there’s two powerful documentaries set for release, India’s Daughter and Jumbo Wild, looking at cultural out-cry in two very different contexts.

Games, games, games - Why not have a go at some of the games that your students will be playing over Easter, from Temple Run app to Fallout 4*. Creating activities based on games your students enjoy will be a welcome surprise. *Full disclosure – we know Fallout 4 is rated 18, but many teenagers will be playing it over Easter.

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We’ve seen some great discussion lessons on the impact and value of age ratings – controversial, but effective if you’ve got the class for it. TED inspiration? - TED talks has a history of featuring youth speakers – in fact, there’s such a thing as TEDYouth. These predominantly US based young speakers can evoke some interesting debates in a class of same aged UK peers. Couple that caught our attention were Amy O’Toole’s Science is for everyone, kids included, and Tavi Gevinson’s A teen just trying to figure it out. You can get the TED app, it’s free and gives access to hundreds of videos, these included. Discover their Youtube Vloggers - many of your students will spend hours watching their favourite YouTube celebrities in their spare time, so why not embrace this phenomenon? Check out SciShow by Hank Green and others, and find the best to share with your class. Or, there’s some great resource channels out there too, such as Microsoftedu or ASAP Science. A nice app - There’s some incredible and some terrible apps out there. Filtering through the noise, we found a great creation by HarperCollins and the BBC, called Brian Cox’s Wonders of the Universe. A mind-blowing 3D tour of the universe with Brian as your guide. If you want to learn more or inspire students, head towards BBC2’s Stargazing Live website.

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Blogs to discover - There’s some excellent teaching blogs, but often too little time to trawl through them during the working week. Turbocharge your lessons with Creative, innovative, explore or stay in the know with Leading Learner. For something more research orientated, Laura McInerney provides a good range of thoughtful articles. We hope these six bits of inspiration will put a spring in your Easter step. Most importantly, we hope you have a chilled time outside the classroom, it’s a chance to put the marking down, scoff some Easter eggs and, if we’re lucky with the weather, get out and about. Contributed article by Simon Hay, co-founder Firefly

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