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This is the kind of meta-cognitive stuff that occasionally makes my brain hurt - all of the circular thinking. . .

But, actually, this is not so abstract:  I want to have my kids create their own lesson plans as their homework over the holiday break.  My thought is to have them each prepare 10-minute lessons on the topic of their choice.  The assessment would be based on both the written plan and their implementation.

Any advice on how to write out the assignment so that they have concrete instructions?  Easy lesson plan format to follow?  These are 5th graders so I don't want to get too bogged down with aim vs. objective vs. goals vocabulary debates or worries over meeting standards - basically I want them to share a topic that they are interested in in a constructive way. 


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Date:June 21st, 2008 09:46 am (UTC)
Interested how you went about & did it!!

I'd think this might be easier to do in non-holidays at first... At least at first... So you can look at their plans & advise & comment as they go along & help them revise...

This is an easy structure for something that can be done: at the Uni we just gave 5-minute oral presentations on a chosen topic of our choice (we wrote our names & chosen topics to a list with dates on it)... & gave out a handout for co-students... Sometimes presentations were with books/pictures/slides... This might be easiest to begin with... You could tell the kids the handouts, or stuff written on the blackboard/projected on the wall for others to copy, can be with exercises such as fill-in-gaps, crosswords... the goal is people write down things they say, so they have to listen...
(Little kids loved making crosswords or fill-in-letters/words language exercises or such, for their mates!! especially those that like to draw.. Some supervision of materials & revision might be necessary, though...)
I can imagine kids having lots of fun 'being teachers'!! Great idea!!
Date:June 23rd, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
I actually wound up modifying a lesson plan format I found online and then created my own rubric. The kids did a great job and *loved* the project - I was actually considering not doing it next year, but I got a lot of positive feedback from my class.. .
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