Today I had grades 3, 4 and 5 for a write up on being teacher for a day.
I had students work in groups of two to plan how they would teach class.
The assignment: Your teacher is out for the day and selected you to take over. He or she will come back and review what you have accomplished at the end of the day.
Students had a lot of fun ideas about what they would do in class. Some had extra special field trips flying to Greenland and then swimming with sharks. Others had a serious approach, asking their class to finish work at top speed with at least 75% accuracy. "Whoa! So tough!" exclaimed a few while our 'teacher' read her lesson plan. I loved the range of ideas and I was glad to see some of my students reach outside the box. "We would play flag football all day." said one student. "For seven hours?" I replied.
I plan on integrating more graphic design and editing to mix up coursework. At the same time, we will keep typing in order to help kids stay on track for when testing comes around.