St. Patrick’s Day Celebrating & Learning
149 million people.
That’s how many celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in 2018 according to statistics from CNN.
If wearing green, instigating shenanigans and being Irish for the day means St. Patrick’s Day to you, you are not alone.
For those of us surviving living in the Bold North, St. Patrick’s Day becomes our beacon of hope. The celebration of St. Patrick’s Day means we are halfway through March and that much closer to spring.
Celebrations enrich our lives. They spark joy, teach gratitude, and can be used to create a sense of community in our classrooms.
In this short (and sweet) video, we get a glimpse of how Ms. Laurance creates a sense of community with her students:
In addition, this blog explains four strategies teachers can enlist to ensure a sense of community is established for students:
- Having Morning Meetings
- Establishing rules together
- Greeting each student as they enter the room
- Focusing on relationships from day one
Although these four strategies are right on the mark, we would like to suggest a fifth strategy for the list: Celebrations!
There are many opportunities for classroom celebrations, but, with St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, we think celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is a good place to start. Here are some Luck-o’-the Irish ideas you can use to teach and learn about Ireland, and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day:
Ask your students to….
- Find Ireland on the map. Then, learn about the heritage, customs, geography, industry, and population of Ireland in this video: