Students can deliver products that depict how weather has historically shaped life and ecology in the area. Require them to make this professional. Discussion boards are provided for each of the assigned roles e. Rotating chair group discussions Rotating chair group discussions encourage students to actively listen to selected speakers who follow a pattern of guiding class discussion and summarizing previous points. Image courtesy: Before using the strategy, you may find it useful to have students explore the types of questions reporters ask in interviews and at what point in an interview they ask them. Asking students to write down what they find to be the least clear is a powerful exercise because it compels them to grade or rate their own knowledge of a topic.
Time: One to Two Weeks Age Range: 3rd Grade and Up 8. It also serves as a monitoring and to track all the activities performed. This method is particularly effective when students are asked to compare views or to list pros and cons of a position. Layout specifically what you hope your teaching will help students to accomplish. The critiques could be presented and discussed orally, or initially posted to a discussion board for further analysis and use in subsequent learning activities. Who knew English class could be so versatile? You can enhance the effect by taking one minute to explain what you like about the sample. Time: Two Weeks or Longer Age Range: 4th Grade and Up 10.
When each student has completed his or her research, the group then reforms to complete a comprehensive report. Ask one student to begin the story using the first sentence containing a vocabulary word, and go around the room, having each student build upon the story using the next word on the list. Student Portfolios - This type of documentation has become a vital way for students to keep records and learn organizational skills. Example: Self-Assessment After students have completed a learning activity or assessment task, provide them with a set of criteria to use to assess the quality of their work. Class Presentations A note about reflection journals: a common tendency is for journal entries to become a mere log of events rather than a reflective activity in which students consider the service experience in the context of learning objectives. How do you use models and examples effectively in your classroom? Example: Infographic When students are learning about processes or procedures; dealing with statistics, numbers, and dates; learning about complex ideas with interactions on different levels; or something similar, you can ask students to produce an infographic to explain, describe, and visualise this information. Jordan Catapano is a high school English teacher in a Chicago suburb.
Finally, is an extremely important communication skill for teachers. Requirements can range from a one-paragraph answer to a fully developed group action plan, proposal or decision. A quick end-of-class activity that asks participants to reflect on what they learned that day and to plan how they will act on that learning. Finally, ask students to take action: What have you learned? I watched the two students in front of me during the class, and they were, in fact, paying attention, but they wrote down only the keywords that were on the PowerPoint slides. Ask students to write down a comment about the quality of their work process or product. Examples could include poetry, visual art, paintings, drawings, sculptures music, rap is a rather popular choice for this exercise , individually created games or puzzles, any form of creative outlet that gives the student the chance to perform or explain in front of the class is what you are looking for.
Print out the results as well as the and. What will you do differently? First, as a class, discuss how each group spent its money. The jigsaw technique Have you struggled with group work in class? Plus, doing our own assignments can help validate our competence and expertise to students. The oral explanation is then shared with the other members of the class, either as a recording shared online, or through a live presentation during a scheduled session. In-class writing across the disciplines is another productive way to involve students in doing things and thinking about the things they are doing. Oftentimes, a service-learning contract cannot be completed until the student is at the agency for a couple of weeks and has a clear idea of how their skills and expertise can be of service. Playing the songs usually creates a celebratory atmosphere.
The result, though, is that many other possibilities for processes and products are eliminated. Students can rotate as a moderator of the discussion every two weeks. E-mail Discussion Groups - Through e-mail, students can create a dialogue with the instructor and peers involved in service projects. This reflection strategy can foster the exploration and clarification of values. This could be a major factor in distinguishing them from other candidates.
Summary of another student's response In order to promote active listening, after one student has volunteered an answer to your question, ask another student to summarize the first student's response. This activity would be particularly relevant for supporting student progress towards learning outcomes with declarative knowledge. Altogether, being explicit leads to a more productive learning environment for all students. Time: One to Two Weeks Age Range: 4th Grade and Up 9. Learning Styles Before we get to teaching strategies that promote active student particiation and engagement, we'll take a brief look at learning styles, another important aspect of learning that is useful to factor in to assignment and activity design. Example: Digital story development Students as individuals, pairs, or in groups are provided with a scenario or case study which they must analyse.
Many times others will help by trying to sing it with them. Quotes - Using quotes can be a useful way to initiate reflection because there is an ample supply of them, and they are often brief and inspiring. These items can also be submitted in a service-learning portfolio as evidence of the activities completed. In small groups of 10-20, the teacher facilitates student sharing of responses to the questions, and building upon those responses. I learned how to tie a tie by watching my dad do it every morning. These freewrites can be just for them, or educators can collect them at certain points during the term or semester and read a representative selection to get a snapshot of how the class is coping with the tasks that are being set. Large groups may be divided into buzz groups after an initial presentation in order to cover different aspects of a topic or maximize participation.
Jack Kevorkian's activities, before presenting what various moral theorists would make of them. For higher grades, you can assign this as an in-class project for students to tackle either individually or in pairs. These activities work best when facilitators have some skill in using them, as they need to be mediated carefully. The questions could be provided for personal reflection, they could be addressed further in a subsequent synchronous session online or on-campus , they could be presented in the form of an online quiz weighted or unweighted or survey, or they could be required as part of an asynchronous activity online among other options and possibilities. Consider your course and decide which elements would be most helpful to provide a sample of the product or process. Then, have students debate the proposals discussed during a mock town hall meeting. Three-part Journal - Students are asked to divide each page of their journal into thirds, and write weekly entries during the semester.