Welcome back to the second half–in the US at least–of the school year, and welcome to a whole new actual year: 2020.
This winter and spring:
- I hope to continue a focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion;
- I hope to create at least one or two more products; and
- I hope to find more ways to marry technology and instruction
These, I guess, are my resolutions–and I think I’m sharing them to keep myself accountable 😉
Some of them have passed, but consider the following:
- December 2: Cyber Monday
- December 3: Giving Tuesday
- December 5: International Volunteer Day
- December 7: Pearl Harbor Remembrance
- December 10: Human Rights Day
- December 21: Beginning of Winter
- December 22-December 30: Hanukkah
- December 23: Festivus
- December 25: Christmas
- December 26: Boxing Day
- December 26-January 1: Kwanzaa
The world is vast, diverse, and changing. The classroom should reflect these things.
Open the world up to your students, show them the vastness of our national and international holidays.
The world is diverse, we never know what students actually celebrate or how they feel about any celebration. Forgo a concentration on a singular holiday, or a cursory glance at recurring holiday learning. Try to add something new–for their learning and your learning.
The world is changing, we have so much to celebrate, so much to do, and so much to learn. Change with it. In fact, go beyond this serious list and look up some fun ones–did you know National Brownie Day is in December? So is National Cupcake Day! And National Pastry Day! Think of all that you can incorporate and mix into holiday learning!
In December, holidays are much bigger and as a result are full of potential; seize this opportunity to teach and learn and grow.