Add dates of “International days” to your calendar and set a notification for a week before.
Using official celebrations are a great way to engage students and discuss topics which might not be covered in your textbook/curriculum. There are plenty of them, from serious topics and recognised International Days to semi serious and downright bizarre worldwide events, festivals and celebrations …
The problem I had, was finding out about them (usually on the day), leaving no time to prepare something for class. Then, I had the bright idea of adding them as new events to my google calendar and setting a repeat notification for every year one week before the event. Now I never miss Grammar Day (!?), No selfies Day or Cheese Doodle Day (today!)
Thanks to the notification I received this week (thanks google calendar), I’ll be celebrating International Women’s Day on the 8th of March with my students.
I’ve created a Padlet wall (a great easy to use tool for giving students a voice, see my blog post for more ideas how to use Padlet) for students to post a description of the achievements of a woman they would like to celebrate… (see below)