It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. – Albert Einstein
Have you used any of the items in the above picture in your classroom? It is our job as educators to help get students engaged in the learning process. We can hook students into our lesson and have them actively participating and really want to be in our classes. Using the instructional strategy of adding thinking prompts to your lessons will improve time-on-task, but you should also see results on their formative assessments.
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When I was young, the neighborhood my family lived in was extremely flat, so when it snowed, we had to improvise if we wanted to go sledding. I remember one occasion where I was staring down our long, narrow backyard, hunkered down on a plastic political sign we had found, as my father and older brother each grabbed an arm and prepared to fling me down the yard. The tense anticipation I felt as I waited to either sail across the snow on my sign or fall face first in the snow without it is one of my most vivid childhood memories.
Much like my improvised sled, a well-chosen and well-told story can be the vehicle to carry a lesson forward. It can build excitement and enthusiasm for the lesson's learning, increase cognitive and affective engagement, motivate new learning, communicate important ideas, and anchor abstract ideas to a concrete situation. Perhaps most importantly, telling a story about yourself shares a small piece of your life with your students, which helps make connections and build relationships in your classroom.
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