Last week I released a quick “20 for 20” exercise that I developed, and many of you wrote back saying, “Hey, yes — more like this.” So in the first couple days of this week, that's what I've been doing — creating sample learning experiences and writing at the bottom of each how it's designed to target the five key beliefs beneath student motivation. I've tried, perhaps to my peril, to sample the spectrum of the academic disciplines — to my math colleagues, my apologies if “Counting Grass Blades” is total folly. I'm tempted to give that one to my own students, though — just because it's a bit absurd and fun.
So, I'm pleased to share with you four total example lessons, which I've listed below for your convenience.
- 20 for 20 (Social Studies, ELA, Gr 4-12)
- Introduction to Nature Study (Science, ELA, Art, Gr 4-12)
- Counting Grass Blades…Because Why Not!? (Math, Gr 4-12)
- A What If? Exercise — Brainstorming New Learning Strategies for COVID-19 Conditions (applicable to all grade levels)
Please note that few of those will work perfectly “as is” with your students. The more you can personalize them, the more likely it is that they'll be motivated to do the work with care. But at the same time, I want to encourage you to keep your personalization efforts as simple as you can. I'm alarmed at how many teachers are reporting that they are working even more hours now than they were before. Remember: there's only so much juice in an orange, even if you're working from home.
Here's an example of what I mean regarding simple personalization. The last lesson in that list above centers on a video of me walking through the exercise, but the video is quite rough and meandering. You could surely do a much better job in five minutes or less, just by watching my video, jotting down a few bullet-point notes, and then filming yourself.
These are not meant to be “take and use” resources as much as they are emergency “micro-PD” for helping us do emergency remote teaching well. We learn how to do this better by seeing some examples and making minor adjustments as we see fit.
I'd love to hear what you think of those lessons, and I'd love if you'd share with anyone you think might benefit.