Friday, January 6, 2017

Sharon Skretting: Creating A Happy New Year in the Classroom

 Involve Your Students in Creating A Happy New Year in the Classroom!

  

   As we head back to school after the Christmas break, it is important to set our students up for success in 2017 and truly create "A Happy New Year" in our classroom. To do so, our kiddos will need some reminders about the citizenship qualities and behaviors that help make the class a safe place for learning. We know this as teachers, but the question is, how do we make the message stick?

                     
                     How about getting the kids involved in the process?

     One way would be to show this example of a multi-media presentation that reminds students of those qualities. Still, just watching may not be enough. But could we use this presentation as an engaging starter to having the kids get really involved in their own plan? How about using this presentation as an example, and then having them work, Ho! Let your students decide which behaviors they see has worthy of highlighting in their presentation and give them clear criteria that they will have to back up their choices.

   The result? You'll most likely see a real difference in your classroom as your students internalize the "reasons for the rules". Doing this presentation to "teach" younger students or for younger grades would provide even more incentive and purpose to the project.

                                  Here's how I would set up the lesson:
  1. Get them excited that they are going to start the year off by creating an engaging multi-media presentation that will help teach other students about the citizenship qualities and behaviors that will help make the classroom/school a safe and caring place for all.
  2. Show them the example presentation, "How to Be a Great Student"
  3. Brainstorm with the class a list of possible slides/topics that could be included
  4. Share with your students the criteria of what you are looking for in their presentations (how they will be evaluated, using rubrics might be an idea)
  5. Break students into small groups - assign roles within the groups if needed, and have them get started on their story mapping out their slides on paper first.
  6. Then go to the computer lab, or arrange for small group computer/chromebook access within the classroom to put their slides together.
  7. Set a time line and schedule a day for the presentations. Also, ask permission for your students to be able to share their presentations with the other classes for whom the presentations were made.
    Let's this multi-media presentation to help them create a Happy New Year in the classroom and you might be a winner, too! Click on the link below to grab the presentation and find out more.

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Lesson Plan by Sharon Skretting
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