Ever feel like the way you present your lessons to your students lacks a little oomph?
Sometimes it can feel like all we do is just talk AT the students instead of connect and engage with them. The "pizazz" factor goes right out the window.
You can tell too, can't ya?
You know when your students are totally into - or not into - what they are learning. I get it. It's hard to always think of new and creative ways to present your lessons to your students. Sometimes the worksheet is just faster and easier.
But don't give up, my friend. I'd like to put that oomph back into your teaching. Re-spark your energy a bit, perhaps.
If you've ever used any of my units in your classroom before, you've probably figured out that I reeeeallly like to include student-centered, hands-on activities to help teach the content. And the feedback and has been overwhelmingly positive.
Can I let you in on a little secret, though. I have 3 main teaching strategies that I use over and over to create that pizazz factor for students. Just three! (ok, well, maybe there's more than 3, but the three I'm about to share with you are my faves and make me pretty giddy!) You know why these strategies are so great? Because you can fit them in to any grade level, any content area, any time of the year.
I call them my "Stop Lecturing, Start Connecting" strategies. Are you ready? Here they are:
1) reader's theater
2) student-led PowerPoints
3) discovery learning folders.
Now, I won't lie to you and say that you can have these strategies up and running by tomorrow. But I will tell you that they. are. totally. worth. it.
The proof is in the puddin'. Those students will be begging for more.
I'd like to take it a step further. I want to show you exactly how I use these strategies in different content areas and give you some specific examples of what it might look like in your classroom.
I'd love to hear how you might apply this to your own teaching. Leave me a shout-out in the comments and let me know!