Getting students out of their desks to learn

As a teacher you quickly learn that that developing lessons that get your students out of their desks and engaged in a relevant activities is a great way to not only teach, but it helps foster a love a learning.  A colleague and I used to take our grade 11 English students to a local forest to act out scenes from Macbeth.  Students came dressed in costumes (armour, swords and shields) and the day included a real feast during the scene in which Macbeth is visited by the ghost of Banquo.

The video below shows a teacher who brings science alive and has his students students create their own paper gliders to demonstrate some principles of the properties of air.  Listen to how encouraging the teacher is!  Look at the students’ faces.  What a great event.

I especially like this because it reminds me of a year when I was teaching a small group of unmotivated high school students to improve their reading skills and their ability to follow instructions.  I went to the school library and dug out an old book on making paper apirplanes.  For two weeks we practiced the steps of making different types of paper airplanes and we concluded each day’s lesson in the gymnasium giving test flights.

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