Posts Tagged ‘lesson plan’
I’m always looking for new ways to show my students how we have grown over time intellectually and socially (community building). Capzules (via angelamaiers on twitter) seems like an innovative new way to do that. Capzules says you can “combine your videos, photos, blogs, and mp3s into rich, multimedia story lines”.
I’m brainstorming uses for my 5th grade class:
– Making our class time capsule during our last morning meeting of the week. Keeping track of our class goals, celebrations, favorite lessons, etc.
– Digital storytelling in language arts, social studies, and science: having students tell stories using digital media.
– Portfolios: uploading student work into a digital portfolio they can keep forever.
– Better teaching: keeping a portfolio of my lessons and contributions of the class. This is a cool way to track professional growth.
You don’t have to bury this time capsule in the playground.
One of my friends in nonprofit communications introduced me to Klickable. You can use the site to make web videos click-able. This means you can click on any object displayed in the video to learn more about it. Klickable’s motto is “interactive video that connects you to the content”. Although the folks at klickable are marketing their site for PR purposes (the demo video features a Klickable of a Trump properties commercial), this could be an amazing tool for teachers. We can take videos we find on the internet or ones we make and add a new layer of content for students. If your students do video projects, they can add more information.
Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order. – Samuel Beckett
Next time you’re mad, try dancing out your anger. – Sweetpea Tyler
We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance. – Japanese Proverb
I stumbled across the 2 minute dance party in college. It’s 3 am. You’ve exhausted your supply of diet coke, coffee, and peanut butter M&Ms. Your mind has gone so fuzzy that you can’t remember simple facts. Your thoughts wander. Sample inner monologue: “Did the Civil War end in 1864 or 1865? Should I use an OLS or logistic regression model to model the determinants of binary dependent variables? Why is OLS ‘BLUE’? Who played Cowboy Curtis on Pee-wee’s Playhouse? What’s my cell phone number?…. Who am I?!?”
Enter the 2 minute dance party. I throw on a song with a fast tempo and dance like Kevin Bacon in Footloose. When the dancing is over I attempt my studies with renewed vigor – usually, it works. I retain more of what I read, come up with innovative ideas, and avoid the 3 am existential crisis.
It turns out that there are a few studies about the impact of exercise on learning (see NPR story). One of my projects this summer is to come up with ways to mold movement into my lessons. Daily 3 minute dance parties, active science experiments, jumping jack spelling bees, acting out stories, and concept relays are just a few ideas.
I don’t want my classroom to be like that little town in Footloose.
We all love Ellen’s dance parties: