Every trimester, I like to change up my daily routines a little. Membean Monday, Explosion Wednesday, and Finishing Friday are all year-long, so I make Tuesday and Thursday something different.
For T3, the English skills are around persuasive writing and speaking. But something I've noticed all students need is empathy. So how do you build empathy into a course?
I tried two things. First, I added "Thankful Thursday" to the rotation. I give every student a post-it note, and ask them to write a note to a classmate, thanking them for something. Then we watch a video for "Random Video Thursday" and we discuss the topic of the video. The topics are things like brain science, friendship, music and anything else I feel like would make good conversation.
Those are the students' favourite parts of the week.
But it wasn't enough.