Friday, February 17, 2012

Birthdays in middle school?

This year when my 7th grade students threw me a surprise birthday party of cookies and cream cupcakes (yum!), capri suns, and streamers...

[Can we just talk about how sweet they are?]


I got thinking... Maybe I need to do more for THEIR birthdays.

(Except full-blown-parties are out of the question 
since middle school teachers teach about 90 kids 
and the kids rotate through about 5 classrooms a day...)

It's something I just never considered... And something I previously thought of as being very elementary-school-ish. But I guess maybe it isn't.

So here I am....Looking for ideas for all ages.....

What do YOU do to celebrate birthdays in your classroom?

9 comments:

Kim said...

We are limited on parties, holidays and food in the classroom--not to mention the fact that some families at our school don't celebrate birthdays.
HOWEVER, I collect birthday pencils whenever I see them. It is a classroom tradition for kids to choose a birthday pencil on their birthday (Summer birthdays get to choose a pencil on their half birthday)
That would be affordable in middle school... and easy to do...

Kim
Finding JOY in 6th Grade

Sherrie said...

I teach 7th grade and for student birthdays we give them a pencil that says, "Happy Birthday from your blue house teachers" At the beginning of each month we put birthday signs on the lockers of all students who have a birthday that month. All the core teachers sign the birthday sign. Kids love having the sign on their locker. Next year we are going to give the kids the big pixie stick type things with the balloon attached. I know the kids will love those!

A Middle School Survival Guide said...

Thanks for the tips, girls! Sounds like maybe I need to stock up on birthday pencils ;)

Sherrie, I love the idea of having a sign on their locker. OR maybe even hidden IN their locker if the maintenance staff doesn't want stuff on the outside?)

--sme said...

I give each of my students a NoHomeworkPass for their birthday (or half birthday for June/July/August). I give it to them the month of their birthday, but they can use it at any point in the year after that. It's a nice (free) way to recognize that they have a life outside of school and sometimes a family celebration doesn't have to interfere with schoolwork.

A Middle School Survival Guide said...

I really like that idea Susie! For some reason I think I remember you mentioning that before, but must have forgotten! I might have to steal it next year if that's OK with you!

Sarah said...

I have pixie sticks with balloons attached to them for birthdays. This year my class asked if we could have a big birthday party for everyone, so I believe that at the end of the year we are going to have a big party...they even want to be able to bring gifts in. We're still ironing out the details.

Missa said...

I teach grades 7/8 self-contained, but having birthday parties is too disruptive with my group, so if they want to bring in cupcakes, they eat them at lunch. My assistant goes to lunch with them, so she handles the lunchtime "party." I give them birthday pencils, and write a happy birthday message on the board. Our school also gives the kids ribbons to wear on their birthday. I like the homework pass idea too!

michele said...

I found some Happy Birthday clings over the summer. This year I made a little section on the white board for birthdays. I also found these little paper bands for their wrists. The girls love it; the boys are worried about "birthday licks". Old students come back to my room and complain "you didn't do that for us" so I guess they like it. I teach 6th grade at a middle school.

Desiree said...

I am a 6th grade science teacher at a middle school in South Carolina. Since I average around 120 students, I sing the happy birthday song to each student on their special day. This is no ordinary song though. I have my students pick a genre or style of music and I sing it in that style. For example, I have sung the song in the style of rap, rock and roll, even Disney princess. It's a blast and sometimes ludacris on my part, but the kids don't forget it!

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