Ten Cheap Lessons: Easy, Engaging Ideas for Every Secondary Classroom
There are also many surveys that can help you learn more about individual strengths and weaknesses. You should also be prepared to create an individual education plan for students requiring specific accommodations or modifications.
Use digital materials when possible Although this is improving, I find that many classrooms still use paper-based materials. With digital content you can increase font size, easily look up definitions, use text-to-speech to read text aloud, and link out to more detailed information on almost any topic imaginable.
This is particularly useful for students needing dyslexia reading tools. If your current classroom materials are not in a digital format, consider ways you can change this. For example, you could replace outdated content with more up-to-date, digital content available online, or use tools like Snapverter to convert paper-based materials to digital, accessible materials.
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- 3. Share content in a variety of ways;
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Offer choices for how students demonstrate their knowledge Sharing content in a variety of ways is only half the battle. Obviously some of this is out of your control as standardized testing and practicing standardized testing is a necessary part of education. When possible however, do your best to give students options for sharing their knowledge. This could be a demonstration, slideshow, speech, or video. Even using simple free tools like Google forms provides an upgrade to standard multiple choice tests by making it digital see advantages above and helping you to streamline grading.
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Take advantage of software supports The number of apps, extensions, sites, and built-in supports available to students today is nearly infinite. If you have a student who needs a support to help with reading, writing, math, history, chemistry, or any other subject, chances are it exists. Allowing students to take advantage of these supports is critical. Not only does it give them the ability to succeed independently both inside and outside of the classroom, but it also frees up your valuable time to help even more students. Our handy extension for the Google Chrome web browser allows anyone with a Google account to have access to reading and writing supports on the web, in Google Docs, PDF files, Google Forms and more.
And one of the great things about modern apps and extensions is their ease of use. Many times students simply discover these apps on their own after they are deployed.
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UDL is all about removing barriers. Knowing how to summarize your thoughts in a concise and thoughtful manner is a true 21st-century skill. Have more time? Try it Pictionary-style and get kids trying to guess what lesson concept their classmates are drawing. Another idea is for students to use sticky notes to add their guesses to a prediction board.
The next day, see who was right in order to help students understand how learning flows and connects from one day to the next. Have students stand up and schmooze!
Play some music and have students walk around until you stop it. Deepen the experience by providing a different prompt each round. The National Association of Elementary School Principals shares this fun method for getting kids to summarize and explain their learning at the end of class. Students get a sealed envelope that contains a slip of paper with a topic, vocabulary word, or problem written on it.
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Students then have to explain, describe, or solve the contents of the envelope. Wraparound activities can also be provocative discussion starters. Working with older kids? Encourage responsible use of social media and concise summations of learning by asking students to discuss their class topics in a daily tweet. Use a predetermined class hashtag and encourage students to tag sources and experts to build a learning network.
Make learning come full circle — literally — by engaging in end-of-class circle talks. A simple yet effective closing activity is the quick review. Encourage students to share their own review of the day either with each other or together as a class. Jennifer L.
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Gunn spent 10 years in newspaper and magazine publishing before moving to public education. She is a curriculum designer, a teaching coach, and high school educator in New York City. She is also co-founder of the annual EDxEDNYC Education Conference for teacher-led innovation and regularly presents at conferences on the topics of adolescent literacy, leadership, and education innovation.
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