Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Teach Any Topic in 2 Days

There is never enough time! Every educator has a similar compliant. It is the chief excuse given when teachers are asked to try new teaching strategies. There isn't enough time! And I agree! This is why we have come up a way to teach any topic in two days. This strategy was inspired by this article from Edutopia.  It is a three station system. Each station last 20 minutes which fits into our 47 minute class period. The first day you introduce expectations, and divide students intro three groups. My co-teacher and I work together to fit these three stations within both of our classrooms.

Station 1: This is direct instruction. Students will have a traditional style lecture, with note-taking and a demonstration. We do this to facilitate students in note-taking and listening skills, which are life long skills they will need.

Station 2: Edpuzzle. If you have not checked out Edpuzzle then you need to! It always you to pick videos for students to watch. You can edit the videos to include questions that students have to answer, and students can not skip through the video either!

Station 3: This is a short hands on lab that we will do. It is something that takes about 20 minutes. This helps to hit on the hands on learners. It can be inquiry based or more structured.

Station 1 and 3 require most of the teacher's attention. While station 2 is student led. We split the laptops between our two classrooms so half of the students on computers are in my room while the other half are in my teaching partners. This allows use to more easily monitor the students on the computers while we are doing station 1 or 3.

How do I know it works? Well our data tells us!

And we often hear comments like this!

This strategy has worked well for us and I hope that you find similar success! Leave comments with any questions or if you would like more detailed lesson plans. If you try it let me know how it works out!