Today's topic comes from my week of summer work. On Tuesday we met as a department and learned about our learning preferences and behaviors associated with them. We learned about whether we had preferences for Analytical, Structural, Social or Conceptual. Each preference is given a color and it is said that we all have some of each color in our makeup only it may be a very small percentage of our makeup. What we learned through this is that we all have our own individual unique make up and as we work in a team we need to be aware of people's areas of stronger preferences. This will help us work together as a team more effectively.
Teamwork is vital to our profession and our individual survival. I saw a lot of chats the past couple of weeks examining PLC and PLN. Both are about getting people to work together. That brings us to tonight's chat. We have been talking a lot about how amazing our PLN is, how many great ideas people have. Some have asked for and wanted to look at collaboration to create Ticket Lessons. Tonight I want to look at pushing you to stop talking about building these lessons with others and actually taking steps to make it happen. I want to work with teachers to make amazing lessons for our kids. I want to learn from others about what they are doing. I want to have all of you connect with other awesome educators to start or continue your journey of collaboration so we can all benefit and our students will reap the rewards of these efforts.
Tonight I am looking at not only creating Social Studies lessons, but creating cross curricular examples that could include collaboration from teachers in different buildings or different parts of the world. Image to potential if we don't let 4 walls contain our creativity!
Tonight I am challenging you to commit publicly to connect with another educator and create a collaborative lesson. This could be someone in your own building or so much better, an educator beyond your state. I also hope you consider connecting to another educator from another discipline to create these lessons.
I woke up briefly at about 3:30 this morning and started turning out ideas for lessons. On my drive in I sent myself an email- I used the voice feature, so no texting and driving. Anyway below are some ideas I came up with.
Ideas for lesson plans
Science: a class is examining drugs in terms of the effects on the human body, or discussing the chemistry behind turning cough syrup into meth, not showing them but discussing the science behind it. This could include studies and looking at either public service announcement for awareness videos. This could connect to Social Studies, but even more- while the Science students research and then present on the effects of the drugs, the social studies students could research laws and policies on drug use or the war on drugs. Social studies students could take the information from the science students and then create a policy statement, or propose a law. This could be to legalize a drug, or impose different punishments for drug use, trafficking, etc.
Art - As a teacher you could create a fictitious situation where you tell your students that the art program is being considered for elimination by the school board. Students could collaborate between the art students and the social studies students to create promotional videos as to the impact of art on learning. Art students could demonstrate the techniques and the learned skills acquired through participation in art in the class. The social studies students could work on creating a social event like an art show where they work on marketing and fundraising for the event. This could connect to the economic standards. Students would collaborate on what should be included, and social studies students are working on promoting awareness of social issues or social injustice because one program is being scrutinized.
English Beyond the natural connection of writing between English and Social Studies, there are some visual creation aspects that could be utilized. Students could examine posters and propaganda having students create or dissect advertisements. This could be connected to reading articles, stories or books about historical time periods. You could examine propaganda utilized during times of war throughout history, Uncle Sam Wants You, Rosie the Riveter, or modern political propaganda. Students could examine what these have in common, how they impact public perception and action. Students could look at modern events, research more about movements such as LBGT rights, Organic vs. GMO, Occupy Wall Street, etc. and then look at the alternative POV to begin discussions about how we view events in society.
Phy-Ed - look at the benefits of participation in sports fitness the epidemic of obesity your health issues America do some research on the stuff connect with the expert the Phy-Ed teacher to demonstrate exercises, or create videos about what can be done easily during the day. These could be exercises used as brain breaks in the classroom. Do this to show the value or worthwhileness in daily life.
Science and social studies connecting on social problems global warming, rain forest, global, or things that connect to their own local environment having one group to the research on the issue in the past to be the producers of the public service announcements.
Connect to classes Have one class do one part of the lesson such as perform a trial and the other class would be the jury. This could be a number of academic subjects, or things like social issues like putting Coca-Cola or McDonalds or the fast food industry on trial for putting too much sugar in their food and drink.
Q1A What is the most important thing you teach? How do you teach it?
Q1B What is the most important thing that your students learn? Are these things the same?
Let's design a dynamic lesson
Step 1 pick a collaboration partner - someone in the chat tonight and commit to creating a lesson.
Q1C what learning objective? Content skills?
Q2 where will this lesson take place? Best location
Q3 what hooks can you use?
Q4 what resources/content is necessary
Q5 how set the mood? Music. Location decoration room.
Q6 what will students do in this lesson?
Q7 can you bring in outsiders? Experts audience judges other classes?
Q8 how will you document/record your amazing lesson?