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How to Keep Students Motivated During the Final Stretch of the School Year



As the end of the school year draws near, teachers often find it difficult to maintain student engagement in the classroom. With warmer weather and a multitude of upcoming events, spring fever can often cause students to lag in their studies and become easily distracted. Fortunately, there are several strategies that teachers can use to help keep students motivated and engaged. One such strategy is progress learning activities, which allow students to track their progress and stay engaged during this final stretch of the school year. Let’s take a look at some best practices for incorporating these activities into your classroom curriculum.

Set Clear Expectations 

When introducing progress learning activities into your classroom routine, it is important to clearly explain the expectations for each activity. Setting clear expectations allows students to understand why they are completing a task as well as how much effort needs to be put forth for successful completion. Additionally, setting clear expectations helps ensure that all students are on the same page when it comes to understanding what is expected of them throughout the activity. 

Offer Engaging and New Activities

Learning activities should be fun and engaging in order to keep students interested in what they are doing. Incorporate activities that cater to different learning styles; if you have visual learners in your class, try using charts or diagrams to illustrate concepts while auditory learners may benefit from listening exercises or discussion-based activities. You can also make use of technology by creating interactive digital lessons or assignments that will help keep students actively engaged during the lesson.

Set Goals Together

Setting goals with your students is an effective way to motivate them and keep them on track throughout the final few months of school. Work with your class to set individual goals for each student and then come up with ways they can accomplish those goals together as a group (i.e., reading extra books in their free time). This will help create a sense of community and collaboration among your students while giving them something tangible to work towards throughout the rest of the year. Progress Learning offers tools such as galaxy stars for K-5 students and a study plan with dot ranks for 6-12th grade students to help students set individualized goals based on their own data. Teachers can also use goal-setting templates and the Quick-Click Remediation tool to track progress and offer targeted intervention. Progress Learning aims to provide personalized learning experiences for students to achieve their goals and succeed.

Provide Positive Reinforcement & Feedback 

It is important to provide positive reinforcement and feedback when assigning progress learning activities in order to motivate students and encourage them to continue putting forth effort even as the school year comes to an end. Provide helpful feedback about areas where improvement can be made so that students can focus on those areas moving forward and work towards mastering those skills or concepts more effectively. Additionally, providing positive reinforcement helps create an environment where striving for excellence is encouraged rather than discouraged.  Progress Learning tools make it easy to provide notes and feedback on each assignment for students and help them identify their own areas of improvement and empower them to take an active role in their learning. 

Progress Learning can support you

Progress learning activities are a great way for teachers to engage their students during these final months of the school year while helping them remain focused on their studies despite spring fever setting in around them! By providing clear expectations, introducing fun and engaging activities, and offering positive reinforcement and feedback, teachers can help motivate their classes toward success right up until summer break begins! Our assessment and assignment builders help you create engaging activities and assignments targeted specifically to what you need to cover for the rest of the year. The individual skills practice and study plans provide customized student-centered practice to target areas of need and provide engaging game-based brain breaks, alien avatars and ranking cards, and a game arcade to keep students motivated while completing their learning goals. Our platform helps you to keep your students on track to reach their learning goals through the final stretch of the school year. 

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