Half of the class read a chapter about using social media to impress colleges, the other half read a chapter about using it to impress future employers. Students worked in small groups to create presentations that highlighted the key points of their chapter.
Then the students were paired and taught one another about their chapter. This was a great way to have students collaborate digitally, and still interact in person. It can’t be all or nothing. They still need to move and talk with one another.
What symbol best represents who you are personally? As a learner?
Which famous scene? Which famous works of art? What are the famous soliloquies from this scene? What are their significance?
The ’tiles’ are students’work from all four core content classes.
As teachers, the number one thing we can do to build and foster relationships with our students is putting ourselves out there, doing something outside our comfort zone. Students need to see us away from the classroom environment, showing excitement for something other than curriculum. Shannon and I participated in our school’s Lip Sync Battle fundraiser. The response we received from students, before and after our performance, was nothing short of phenomenal. We took the time to work in random dance moves when instructing, or leave messages for students on our whiteboards to attend the after school hours event. We created the buzz weeks ahead of time, so when the evening arrived, kids were already jumping out of their seats in anticipation. We were wild, silly, and dedicated to our outrageous dance moves in front of a crowd of nearly 300 people. I thought students’ heads were going to explode when the game we were talking all along was executed just as we said it would be. They could not wait to come to school the next day to hand out high fives and congratulate us on our performance.
All it took for students to come alive, was seeing their teachers act like complete idiots. They appreciated the effort to make them laugh and give them an enjoyable evening.