We had a request from a student during a design thinking session this school year...his idea was students getting to teach teachers. While we couldn't do it the way he originally proposed, I decided to let my students create a lesson to teach me something before the end of the year. We brainstormed on subjects they could teach because they had to find something I didn't already know. They are also required to have a plan, a hook, some instruction, modeling and assessment. It's harder than they thought it would be and they are learning lots along the way, as I guide them.
This end-of-the-year project is helping them to learn in a whole different way. They have to research and approach a subject from a different perspective, and must design a learning experience that is interesting and relevant. Some of the topics are: magnetic fields, cooking, Versailles, the French Revolution, and candy-making. All of the lessons will be on Tuesday, May 31 and most will be about twenty minutes long. That's quite a good thing for 9-10 year olds. I'm looking forward to the learning!
Below is a drawing from one group - notice the "hopeful reaction" from Mr. W.
© 2015 Peter J. Wilson
Peter Wilson teaches fourth grade at University Lake School, in Hartland, WI.