Post # 1
Sorry this isn’t wedding related but I thought I could turn to you all. I currently work at an independent (private) school in the development department (fundraising) and want to transition to faculty member. My undergrad is in history and though I haven’t had in class room experience I have plenty outside the classroom. I teach dance, coach, choreograph musicals, I’m an advisor etc.
Well a position opened at the school I am at teaching 6th grade history and they’d love to have me come in to teach a demo class… I have NEVER done this before. Any help or tips would be great! I’m getting more info about what they are studying now, they are doing the Renaissance and I know with this age range to keep things interesting and engaging but any tips or sample lesson plans out there?
THANKS BEES! 🙂
Post # 3
I work with 6th graders and they are learning about the Renaissance right now! I’ll ask them today what their favorite projects have been/what they liked learning about the most.
Post # 4
YOU ARE THE BEST!! Thank you so so so much! Yeah I’d love to wow them with a really great creative/engaging in class activity!
Post # 5
The best projects they like are the interactive ones. For example, they learned that in the Renaissance artists used perspective, so they were asked to draw a picture using perspective.
One of my own favorite projects was a “market faire” we did in Middle School. Each of us paired up and figured out a “craft” to sell at the fair to other students. My partner and I did facepainting, some people did food, etc. It taught us about Renaissance markets and it was fun!
Not many kids where there today (I work after school) so I will get some more ideas for you tomorrow!
Post # 6
You are a dancer… So. Teach what you know. Pick a topic… ANYTHING. You can talk about what it would have been like to live at that time. What “home life” was like… Then teach a lil dance from the time period. Relate it to how music and dance influences our lives today.
I direct Musicals and am an elementary Art teacher. I am forever using musicals in my lesson plans. Music gets kids engaged right away. Its what they respond to.
You clearly have some talent in this area, so use that to your advantage.
Oh. And 6th graders…. They like to have fun. They like crazy facts. They do not liked to be thought of as kids… 🙂 ha. Good luck!
Post # 7
For 6th graders, I would also try to mix it up. Don’t just have them do one activity all period. So you might want to do 10 minutes of introduction/guided note taking, then something more interactive where they can work with partners for 20 minutes, then something else to bring it all back together as a class for 20 minutes (assuming you have 50 minute periods).
Also, the biggest thing I learned when getting my teaching cert. was to make sure you have clear goals and that all your activities somehow contribute to reaching those goals. So instead of “Students will learn about the renaissance” have something like “students will learn identify 4 major artists from the renaissance and explain the contributions of each.” And keep your lesson tightly focused on your goal. So, for example, while it might be interesting to mention all of DaVinci’s inventions or talk about why the teen age mutant ninja turtles are named after these artists, don’t let yourself get drawn down those rabbit holes too far. Always bring it back to what your goal is, and be able to articulate to your observers why your goal is important, and how each and every activity contributes to accomplishing that goal.
Also, it is nice to have a “ok, what have we learned today?” moment at the end of the class to quiz the kids a bit, make sure they understood what you were getting at, and to have a chance to restate the main point for any stragglers. Try to find ways to assess whether all the kids are keeping up too. The kids who get it will be the ones who volunteer, and you don’t really have to worry about them. But if you have an opportunity, like say during group work, go around and check that the quiet kids are getting it too.
Good luck, and what a great opportunity!
Post # 8
I think since it is a teaching demo, it is important that you actually teach a lesson and not just give them instructions for an activity and let them go to town. Greenleaf has some great ideas. And I think class participation is key.