Saturday, April 26, 2014

Spark Student Motivation: Student Created Lesson Plans

 You're going to be so excited it's Saturday and what we have in store for you!!

We all know how this time of year gets for EVERYONE, so several of my BBBs have come together to share some tips of how we can make it through the rest of the year. PLUS, each blog will have a freebie AND a chance to win THREE TPT Gift Certificates and a Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener! Isn't that exciting?
We know this time of year gets a little crazy, so why not release control of your class and let your students do the work??!! Yes, they TEACH the class!

An activity I have used successfully, is to have my students create a lesson plan to teach the class. I use it the last 1-2 weeks of school, having 2-3 students present each day. Each student is designated a 30 minute block of time (if it’s a math lesson, I try to schedule it during my math block). They can teach ANY lesson they want, funny thing is, they always teach real core subject lessons! I would let them teach how to make a paper airplane, the “Cup Song”, origami, etc., if they wanted to, but they always choose core subjects. My only requirement is they complete the lesson plan template. (It’s up to you if you want to tell them they can teach ANYTHING and give them easier suggestions). So even those last days, they’re still learning! And, by their peers!
Best part aside from you not having to create lesson plans...they are really well behaved for each other! They love their "friends" being the teacher!!!

Be prepared to see how you look, sound, and act when you teach because they will copy a lot of what they see you do every day! I hope you and your students enjoy this fun activity and it relieves a little stress for you at this busy time of year!

To download this freebie click here, (your feedback is greatly appreciated)! I hope this helps you in your classroom! Be sure to "follow" my store for other freebies and new product alerts.

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I hope you had a wonderful week! Please link up any lessons, ideas, tips, tricks, incentives, ANYTHING you do get your students motivated or excited!
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  1. Oh my goodness, I LOVE this idea!! Why am I stressing about creating lesson plans when the kids can do it?? LOL ;-) Thanks BBB!

  2. I'm BACKKKK! You got me to link up twice in two weeks Joanne! That must be some kind of new record! Love your idea of student lead lessons, I think I might just use it. My class has been doing some presentations on some really difficult social studies topics, and for the most part they are nailing it! Maybe they would enjoy doing more teaching!

  3. I love this idea! I might try to do this with some of my more "vocal" students, and see how they like it:). It might just work if I break them up into small groups and use it as a review opportunity.

  4. I love this idea and can not wait to use it. June is the loooongest month of the year : )

  5. What an awesome idea!! I'll have to tuck that one away for later! :)

    Mrs. Beattie's Classroom

  6. Oh, so much fun! Do I get to be the student who is teaching? ;)

  7. I think my students would love doing this!! Thanks for sharing!!

  8. How funny! I was just telling my students this week that we had 22 teachers in our room, not just me. Great minds, I tell ya!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  9. OK- This is genius. I love the format and can;t wait to try this week. THANKS!!

  10. What a great idea! Totally doing this! We have 4 weeks after testing and this would be great!
    A Tall Drink of Water

  11. What a great idea!!! I think that my sixth grade students will really love the independence of doing this. Early in the year, I do something like this when students study types of rocks, but I never thought to use it as a review at the end of the year. Thanks!

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  15. Oh, so much fun! Do I get to be the student who is teaching? ;)
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