Is the back-to-school glow gone? Bring the shine back

For most of us school has been back in session for several weeks. The luster of the new clothes, backpacks, and classmates has begun to wear off. So what can you do to re-engage students and get them excited to be there again?

Here are a few ideas to bring back a little of the novelty that sparked excitement the first week of school:

Change the environment

Consider new décor or a new classroom set-up. It can be as simple as re-arranging tables or as thorough as starting from scratch. Involving the children can get them excited about the changes and can be a great way to teach them about a variety of topics.

room layout

Refresh the space with a new layout. Source: Pedagogy and Space by Linda M. Zane, EdD

Change seating

Even after a short time together children can start to congregate with the same group of people. These friendships can be very good for their social and emotional development, but moving them to sit by someone new can also be a good way to foster friendship among the whole class.

Get outdoors

As fall begins the days get shorter and that can make children feel even more like they are “stuck” at school. Getting out in the sun and fresh air year round can be a great way to wake up and get a little energy for the next activity or lesson. Besides, a trip outdoors can be full of educational opportunities.


Source: Celebrate Nature! Activities for Every Season by Angela Schmidt Fishbaugh

Enlist parents and family

Everyone is in this together and the grind of getting ready in the morning and evening activities is most likely taking a toll on the whole family. So maybe it is time to re-engage the whole support system and bring back the excitement of going back to school.

Consider having a fall festival, classroom party, or other fun activity for the whole family to partake in. This is also a great opportunity for you to get to know families better and of them to get to know each other. If they feel more engaged they will be more excited about working together and encouraging their children to enjoy school.

How do you keep children engaged as the school year gets underway and the shine of the new year has worn away?

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