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10 Dec 2020

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Help students connect with these creative holiday activities from Kahoot! Academy’s Verified educators

From video sharing to fun group projects, teachers around the globe get creative when it comes to engaging and supporting their students this holiday season. Get inspired with these ideas!

This year, we all need the joy and festive spirits of the holiday season more than ever. To help you share some magic with your students, colleagues, families and friends no matter where they are, we at Kahoot! Academy have prepared a holiday calendar with new kahoots and surprises revealed every day throughout December.

While creating this calendar, we got some amazing, fun and heartwarming contributions from our educator community, in addition to festive content from partners. Now, we’ve asked some of the most creative contributors about their planned activities to engage their students this month – read on and get inspired!

Foster positivity and boost morale

ESL teacher Brendan Timlin, based in the Czech Republic, believes that positivity and good morale are most important during these last few weeks of the year:

“I really want my students to leave every lesson in a great mood. We connect virtually through doing exercise, playing games, and just having a laugh! One special activity I’d like to pinpoint is discussing what we are grateful for. It really boosts the morale in the lesson and motivates students. We focus on intrinsic values, like taking a poll with meaningful questions like, ‘Is it better to give than to receive?’ or ‘Are holidays all about presents?’

Check out one of Brendan’s kahoots on Christmas vocabulary from our holiday calendar:

Beyond a thank you: Express gratitude and give back

Holidays have always been about sharing and spreading love to other people, thinks Rosana Busso, Spanish and English teacher from Switzerland. She agrees with Brendan that expressing gratitude is something to focus on:

“We need to be grateful and let our students know the importance of having the people we love around us and the importance of giving back. We have so much and so many reasons to be grateful for but what fills our hearts is sharing it with others.”

Play Rosana’s festive kahoot in Spanish:

Enhance the feeling of togetherness with group activities

According to Linda Sees, high school history teacher from New Jersey, teachers should help students feel like one big family:

“My favorite thing about the holidays is the flexibility we have to think outside the box and enjoy the warmth and togetherness this time of year brings. Group projects, breakout sessions, and just always ensuring my at-home kids are included is part of the daily routine. We’re doing much more as a group, learning about history, decorating the Christmas tree, and also having a bit of fun in the process. Kahoot!, of course, is also a valuable tool to connect through a friendly quiz!”

Learn all about the Winter Solstice with one of Linda’s kahoots in our holiday calendar:

Share love through pictures and videos

Mohammed Abo Hassan, ESL teacher from Bahrain, believes that photos, videos and personal letters are powerful ways to connect during this socially distanced holiday season:

“My students want to see each other’s faces! They share pictures as a way to connect, as well as have video chats one on one or in groups. This holiday season we’ve been using a video-sharing tool called Flipgrid to create a better sense of connection and interaction. I am not only teaching them English but also trying to amplify and empower their voices through the videos they’re posting!”

Find kahoots about December holiday traditions around the world, including Mohammed’s kahoot, and other festive learning games in our holiday calendar.

What are some activities you do to share joy with your students during this holiday season? Share your thoughts on Twitter! Follow our holiday calendar to find more ready-to-play kahoots from Verified educators for your students.