I've heard it from teacher after teacher: "I dread teaching measurement every year."
It's hard to blame them. There's nothing ground-shaking about measurement. There's nothing exciting about metric vs. customary.
It's just one of those skills that our students need to have in their back pocket - and so - we teach it.
I'd like to challenge that, however. If there's anything a teacher is good at, it's spicing up even the most boring content. So, let's try, shall we.
Here are 5 interactive ways to teach measurement:
Today's topic is a BIG one for me. I've been putting my heart and soul into a new, on-going project that has been a passion for me recently: Digital Learning Guides
We have all seen the classroom trend to go digital. Digital interactive notebooks, google classroom, online reading programs and many other digital resources are becoming very popular in the classrooms. More and more teachers are having their students working on individual digital devices to complete activities that were once done with a pencil and paper. And - I LOVE it! I think the idea of going "paperless" is awesome and opens up a whole new world for our students.
How do you get started, though? If you've spent your entire teaching career thus far using activity sheets and the hard-copy version of everything, it can be over-whelming to start thinking about converting over to a digital learning and teaching format.
I want to help with that!
Quick story: In high school I was always a part of the school musicals. It was one of my favorite times of year. Each spring, I can remember spending almost everyday after school in the school auditorium practicing songs, dances, and memorizing lines for the the show. As we got closer to show time, I can remember my director saying things like "If we have a strong beginning and a strong ending, the show will be a big hit! No one remembers the middle!" (Of course, this was typically said on dress rehearsal night when everything seemed to be going wrong...)
Well, that wasn't necessarily the case, but to some extent, it did have some truth. If you've ever sat in the audience of a musical, you typically do remember the grand opening number with all of the cast members on stage, and the show-stopping finale with a concluding high note by the lead character. Ah- the crowd goes wild!
The same goes true for our teaching, I think. Presenting our lessons to our students is kind of like a musical performance. We want an epic beginning that grabs our students attention right from the start (I talked about how to do exactly that in this post) and then, we want that standing ovation at the end of our lesson. (Oh, wouldn't that be nice!)
Last week I gave you a list of engaging ways to begin your lessons. Did you miss that post? You can check it out here.
I also believe that how you end your lesson is just as important as how you start your lesson. (and of course, the middle of your lesson matters, too!) You don't want to go through all that work of planning an amazing lesson only to end it with "Ok, put your books away, time to get ready for lunch!"
So, today, like last week, I'm going to attempt to give you some show-stopping ways to end your lesson on a high note!
Let's do this: