It’s December first. I must admit, I’m a little shocked to realize that. The semester has flown by, and before we know it, it will be Christmas break. While you’re spreading Christmas cheer, don’t forget your students. High school kids (and teachers) like to get gifts too and there are many easy and quick ways you can give them a little something without breaking the bank. You can find a bunch of super cute gift ideas, including my own, on TpT. Search under #LastMinuteGiftsforBigKids to see what other secondary sellers have created — there are so many great ideas, I think you’ll have trouble chosing!
I know it can be hard to find time to celebrate the upcoming holidays with secondary students, especially for those of us who come back to end of semester exams in January. However, there are ways that you can acknowledge the festivities and still keep your students on the all important task of learning.
Last year, I wrote a post about how to survive the Christmas countdown — check out that post to get another freebie you can use. For this Christmas season, I’ve created a new product that has students compare the themes in O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi” with Guy de Maupassant’s “The Necklace”, so they can come to understand what real giving means. It’s something you could use at any time of the year, but it’s especially good for the lead up to the holidays.
Whatever you do to celebrate the season, I hope you have lots of fun with your students!