The end of the school year is always a highly anticipated time for teachers and students, and it is often a time to celebrate. Acknowledging students and their achievements in an online learning environment requires some creativity.
This isn’t a well-known fact, but I love thesauruses. I use one at least five days a week, multiple times a day while I work. As a curriculum lead, I’m always looking for the best ways to phrase our English Language Arts lessons so that students are exposed to a variety of words, particularly ones with nuisances. It just so happens that today is National Thesaurus Day.
Picture it: It’s December 1—you’re still full from Thanksgiving and just kicked off the holiday season by fighting the Black Friday crowds. You think you have it all together until you hear the little voice in the next room shout loudly at 6 a.m., “Mom, Alfie is here! Alfie is here!” As you wake up thinking yet another stray cat arrived on your doorsteps, you realize Alfie is your Elf on the Shelf, and he’s still buried with the leftover wrapping paper somewhere in the attic. Nope. Alfie is not here.