End of Year activities are best when they are fun and quality. Looking for a meaningful end of year activity that doesn't require grading? It took me years to finally come up with this growth mindset activity, and now that I have it, I'll do it every year.
Students will anonymously write down their fears about high school, college, and grown-up life ... also any questions they've always wanted to ask an adult but never have had the chance. They'll turn them all in to you, and you'll have 2-3 class periods of topics to discuss.
I advise them that I have the right to skip questions if I think they’re inappropriate and that I’m just one grownup dude in the world with my opinions, but I’ll share my thoughts on almost any question they really want to know the answer about the future and adulthood.
And the response and results have been unbelievable. Our middle schoolers are thinking deeply about life. They have seriously real fears and thoughts, and they really have never had anyone speak into those big questions. Questions about:
* how taxes work
* how to choose a good college
* how to stay out of debt
* how to not end up divorced
* how to make sure their kids aren’t screwed up
* how to not end up poor
* how to choose a career
* how to not be a bored and depressed adult
* how to travel and have fun as an adult
Big and important questions. So many more than that short list. And they listen intensely to the answers, they’re soaking it in, they’re dying for these answers. They see the pain their parents are living through and they are very afraid of repeating that pain in their own lives. They want answers. They want hope.
So I give what I can, and those 3 days of class are deeply meaningful. Sure, there are a couple of kids who are antagonistic toward the process, but the other kids literally tell them to shut up because they want to learn about the rest of their lives.
Enjoy this end of year activity and keep being awesome!