Teaching hacks to use Mother’s Day as a teaching tool

Mar 16, 2017 | Posted by Impact Teachers

Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Admittedly it doesn’t have the same presence as occasions like Christmas and Easter, but it does command people’s attention every spring. Therefore, why not try to incorporate the upcoming event into the school day over the next few weeks? If you’re currently teaching in the UK, you may find that it’s a great tool to nurture pupils into becoming more creative, practical and investigative. Here are several subjects where you can incorporate the theme of Mother’s Day.

Art

You can encourage your students to prepare their mum's cards for Mother’s Day. Along the way, they can learn skills such as measuring, precision and how to use materials like masking tape. Of course, the final result can then be given to their mums on the special day later this month. If you really want your pupils to learn a valuable lesson, you should ask them to start the process by creating a written brief with what they intend to do. Later they can analyse what went wrong and what went right.

Literature

Some students struggle when they are asked to sit down and muster up a piece of creative writing. However, you should find that many rise to the challenge when they’re told to focus their writing skills on the theme of Mother’s Day. Firstly, it gives them a topic to spring ideas from. Secondly, it has a more direct relevance. Obviously, there’s a whole range of paths that they could go down, like poetry or short stories.

History

Mother’s Day dates all the way back to the early 20th century. Did you know this? If not, the chances are your students won’t be aware either. Once you divulge this information, you can get your pupils thinking about the longevity of different traditions. You should find that this heightens their investigatory skills, which in turn can be used later when they tackle syllabus-related topics such as the Tudors and Stuarts.

Geography

Mother’s Day was first celebrated in the United States. Since then more than 40 countries have started celebrating the occasion. A geography-based task could be to urge your class to create a map of the countries that will be acknowledging Mother’s Day at the end of this month.

Don’t miss the opportunity

You can get young minds thinking about a range of subjects on the run up to Mother’s Day. Make sure you don’t miss the opportunity!

Impact Teachers
Written by Impact Teachers
From 2005 to the present, I, along with my partners, led Impact through a period of growth unprecedented in the UK’s recruitment industry.