What teachers need to do
If you are a teacher you probably been trying, or you have already implemented digital content into your classroom. In this post I will go over some options that you may not of thought about. What teachers need to do is think out of the box instead of trying to limit your options expand them instead. I am a firm believer that students need to get off their butts and interact in the classroom doing hands on instruction. Let them help themselves, and their classmates. When you see firsthand on how things work in the real world you have a better grasp of things. Plus it has been proven that students do very well in these type of environments. If you think of your class as a tapestry that can be molded into learning areas this would be the very top way of explaining to you on how to set up your class. One area for video, another for hands on instruction, and even a brainstorming area is to me the ideal way to think of your classroom.
The very first thing I would do is install WOT on your computer. This tool is for your browser it will save you many headaches from trying to decide if the website you are on is safe and trusted. WOT stands for “Web of Trust”. Check around the website they even have a forum if you have questions about their product which is free.
Granted some of my ideas may not work in your environment, but the thing you must do is experiment to see how your students respond. Lets take science an example.
For science you have a video area that you use video from places like Khan Academy, EDU YouTube. For some pizazz in the classroom kitchen science experiments for a more hands on experience for the students. There is also Miss Kitchen Science which is very well documented, and run by I believe a teacher. This is always a hit with students and finding these videos, and text on how to do the experiments is easy just put a search in for “Kitchen Science (your subject go here)”. Plus many of the experiments are dirt cheap to do. The only hard thing about them is trying to decide which experiment to do.
Next up is reading assignments which is not very hard you can use digital textbooks, or hard copy, or even both. The idea is to spark interest, and to teach, so I really recommend doing both. I recommend both because where one fails you have a backup option. You can break them up into reading groups if you like. Or you can run debates, have brainstorming secession etc.
From there you can have a section to where you create teams of students and have them make presentations or reports of some type together. This is not to be done for them to cram everything from all they master from all of the materials though the prior weeks. The idea is to make sure they have a grasp on the important things that you have outlined for which you will be testing them on. You will be grading them accordingly as you have outlined.
I don’t want to sound as though I am bossy with what I have outlined above. But really you could do this for any course that you are teaching. Plus you could experiment with your own ideas to get them motivated, and learning. I only brought this up because I watched a chat with teachers and some of the teachers were saying they were overwhelmed, and did not know where to start. So hopefully this will get you started. Feel free to start where ever you want. Then add to it as you go.
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