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4 Last Minute Autumn Activities for Teachers

08/11/18

Autumn... the most beautiful time of the year. Autumn can be a tough time for teachers though as the nights grow longer, mornings colder and students grow ever more restless in the run up to... whisper it... Christmas. So how to harness that change in weather for the better? Here are some seasonal activities Paul enjoyed doing with his students over the years.

1. Leaves instead of paper

Kids love writing on stuff you’re not meant to and it can be a simple way of just adding the spark to a ‘normal’ task. Many teachers use wipeable desk tops, window panes, chalkboard-black painted walls and allsorts for students to jot down ideas and scribble on. In autumn, use leaves. Big crisp dry ones are cool to write or draw on and can be used for nature poems, plant cell diagrams, colour wheels, maths equations, French vocabulary, climate facts and more. Fill up a bag with leaves and students might just perk up on that November afternoon when you get them out.

2. Seasonal meals

October and November are known for different foods. Bonfire toffee and Parkin, heartwarming stews and soups, even hot chestnuts. You can cook these dishes in food tech lessons. In English you can look at transactional writing instructions or persuasive writing. In Art you can paint still life, and in citizenship look at food from other cultures.

3. Philosophy

Big questions to ponder. If there was a fifth season - what would it be? What would be its name and what would happen? Which season is the best and why? Should it be summer all year round? What music suits summer?

4. Go outside!

Take advantage of that crisp feel and crunch underfoot with a walk, a talk, a performance (Drama, Choir, Poetry Recital), a written or drawn task, photos, sound recordings, or even a homework that takes you and your students outside and enjoy the most emotive season of all.

Enjoy. Play around. Be creative and imaginative. And let me know how you get on @wakeydramapaul

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