Reflective question: “Are great teachers born or made?”

Monday June 13 in-class activities

As an ice breaker, I’ll give students an activity to design a great teacher –  a variation of “Tool 13: Brainstorm, Group, Label” from my Literacy Strategies Tool Kit (free PDF) Here’s the work flow:

  1. Ask them to brainstorm all the words or phrases they can associate with “a great teacher.”
  2. Give them Post-Its and asked them to write one associated word or phrase on each sheet.
  3. Put them in groups and ask them to share their Post-its and thinking. Then design an illustration that captured their collective thinking. And be prepared to share that with the class.
  4. Working in fours synthesize their individual brainstorming into a collective vision on large paper, then take turns sharing and responding to questions.
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Then I’m giving my students a copy of my 1971 student teaching evaluation (2 page pdf) Quite a relic – Why did I save it?

We’ll examine it as an historic document with a critical eye for exploring what my supervising teacher valued back in 1971.

Here’s a few of the slides from my presentation Intro slides

Next, we’ll use Kahoot!, a free online quiz game builder, to demonstrate the challenge of constructing meaning without background knowledge. The source photos for this quiz came from “The Disciples” – photography by James Mollison. The historic painting is available from the instructor by request (copyright issues here).

Finally, we’ll wrap up with a deconstruction of the day’s lesson.

2 thoughts on “Teachers”

  1. This so encouraging to read! I have been doing a similar activity for years with my students and this just validates what I have been doing. I find your website helpful and very informative. Thank you for continuing to inspire in the digital domain Peter.

    1. Hi Paul, thanks for the affirmation. I’m no longer at UAS, but you might like my two ed course sites at University of Portland. Edmethods is for my social studies methods class and edtechmethods is my undergrad ed tech class

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