Friday, August 31, 2012

What would our students tell their future selves?

This viral YouTube video got me thinking…what would our students tell their future selves? Why not find out?

You could have your students record themselves talking to their future selves about…well anything! You could do this as a way of having your students introduce themselves at the beginning of the year, or you could have them talk about what they are thinking regarding whatever it is that is going on in the news, like their thoughts on the presidential election, for example. Or maybe they could talk about what they are learning in class. If they are researching energy sources, for example, they could predict what they think the future will hold.

If you’re interested in trying something out, let me know. I’d be glad to work with you.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Get to know your students

Looking for a new way to start the year AND to get to know your new students? Try these seating challenges to get an idea of how the members of the class will interact. Who will be the leaders? Who will excel in groups? Who are the independent thinkers? And who will you need to keep an eye on? Use what you learn about how your class interacts to start the year off on the right foot!