Building Great Lessons: Four simple ideas to engage and excite your students

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Building Great LessonsBuilding Great LessonsFour simple ideas to Engage and Excite your students Meagen FarrellInstructional DesignerThis was me.You might recognize my teaching style.Engage and Excite your studentsCool SchoolDrool School3Read the passage that follows and find the main idea. You only have 20 seconds. Lets get started...With hocked gems financing him, our hero bravely defied all scornful laughter that tried to prevent his scheme. Your eyes have deceived he said. An egg not a table correctly typifies this unexplored realm. Now three sturdy sisters sought proof. Forging along sometimes through calm vastness, yet more often over turbulent peaks and valleys. Days became weeks as many doubters spread fearful rumors about the edge. At last from somewhere, welcomed winged creatures appeared signifying success.5What are three things you learned from the passage?6Engage first...Write down three things you know about Christopher Columbus.7With hocked gems financing him, our hero bravely defied all scornful laughter that tried to prevent his scheme. Your eyes have deceived he said. An egg not a table correctly typifies this unexplored realm. Now three sturdy sisters sought proof. Forging along sometimes through calm vastness, yet more often over turbulent peaks and valleys. Days became weeks as many doubters spread fearful rumors about the edge. At last from somewhere, welcomed winged creatures appeared signifying success.8Now what is the main idea?9Anatomy of a Great LessonPrinciple #1 of 4: Tap Background KnowledgeEngage students by allowing them to explore what they already know about a topicExcite students for learning by validating their existing knowledge10Check-in #1How engaged are you?11Reading Exercise Think about U.S. cultural traditions - things that are distinctly American.Share with your shoulder partner.12Reading Exercise Read The Sacred Rac bit.ly/EEsacred Stop after each paragraph Write down two words that summarize what you read. I provided some guidelines for you.Share with your partner before reading the next paragraph.13Anatomy of a Great LessonPrinciple #2 of 4: Actively Engage continuedEngage students by having them do something with the content as they go. Excite students by providing a safe environment where students can try out their learning without fear of being hurt. They may even create some meaning together that they didnt get on their own.14Check-in #2How engaged are you?15But what about Math?Do these first two principles even apply to math?What are some ways we can engage students in math?Dan Meyer - Math needs a makeoverEric Mazur - Twilight of the lectureEngaged teaching16Math Exercise - How can we engage students in this problem?BACXWYWhat is the area of the shaded region?Z4 inchesHow would you engage students in this problem?17Math Exercise - heres one pathFind someone who had a different answer from you.Convince him or her that your answer is the best answer.18What if we made it more real? What is the area of the parts that will be in the shade?Would this problem be more engaging?Why? Why not?19Anatomy of a Great LessonPrinciple #2 of 4 (ctd.): Actively Engage Students in the materialEngage students by providing less information and being less helpful (rely on background knowledge). Excite students by allowing them to teach each other and find multiple paths to the correct answer.20Check-in #3How engaged are you?21Memory Exercise: Whos smarter? Two Groups:VirginiansEveryone elseFollow my directions - No Cheating22Memory Exercise: Whos smarter? Virginians, close your eyes.Everyone else, keep your eyes open.You have 15 seconds to memorize as many words as possible23Memory Exercise - Everyone elsewolfcarseal grasstree whaleboatfishmoosetruckplaneroseflowerbeardeerdolphin24Memory Exercise: Whos smarter? Write down all the words you can remember.Dont let the Virginians see!25Memory Exercise: Whos smarter? Virginians, keep your eyes open.Everyone else, close your eyes.Youll have 15 seconds to memorize as many words as possible26Memory Exercise - Virginianswolfbeardeermoosetreeflowergrassrosesealwhaledolphinfishboattruckplanecar27Memory Exercise: Whos smarter? Write down all the words you can remember.Count up all your correct answers.Whos smarter? Why?28Memory Exercise - Virginianswolfbeardeermoosetreeflowergrassrosesealwhaledolphinfishboattruckplanecar29Anatomy of a Great LessonPrinciple #3 of 4: Provide Organization Engage students by organizing information in a way that makes it easy to use.Excite students by providing a structure that lets them clearly see connections in the information. 30Do you want to shop here?31Or here?32Reflection Exercise List several (or at least 1) things you know now that you didnt know before?How will you modify one of your existing lesson based on what you know now?33Anatomy of a Great LessonPrinciple #4 of 4: Reflection Engage students by having them reflect on where they started compared to where they are now. Ask for practical new knowledge.Excite students by having them look at how much they have grown. Ask them to apply what they have learned.34Anatomy of a Great LessonPrinciple 1: Tap Background KnowledgePrinciple 2: Actively Engage StudentsPrinciple 3: Organize the InformationPrinciple 4: Reflection 35Check-in #4How engaged were you over the course of the presentation?36But what about Math?ResourcesDan Meyer - http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_meyer_math_curriculum_makeover?language=en#t-333253Eric Mazur - http://harvardmagazine.com/2012/03/twilight-of-the-lecturehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wont2v_LZ1E&feature=youtu.be37

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