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Do you ever feel like you have gotten into a rut with your teaching practice? Maybe you haven’t lost your passion but are looking to do something different than what you’ve done in the past. Whether you are a fairly new teacher or a veteran, consider some of these unique ideas to engage your students in learning!

Stitch in Time

Anna Davidson tried something most teachers wouldn’t even think to do with their students. She taught them to embroider! “With fabric, needle and thread in the students’ hands I have their absolute, undivided attention. They are learning with their hands and their hands are teaching their brains things that cannot be learned any other way. How to think in three dimensions, how to manage and manipulate the tools and materials to achieve the task, how to be the boss of the process, how to plan ahead, how to treat an error, how to avoid error in the first place. Their brains are as busy as their hands.”

Start from Scratch

What do your students need? What resources would open up doors of opportunities down the road for them? In one of the oldest public schools in California, Deron Ambler built a lacrosse program. Since its start in 2013, the school has successfully had a lacrosse team with the support of the student body, friends, a grant, and the community. Some of Deron’s students have even received full scholarships!

Storytelling with Podcasts

When it comes to technology, no limit exists to the ideas of engaging students with content! Jennifer Osborne opened up the exciting world of communication for her 11th grade students by having them create a podcast to share a personal event. Her students also created visual interpretations of poems through video-making platforms and collaborated on a literary group project using NoodleTools.

Serve the Community

Students can measure ingredients to make a cookie mix for local workers in the community such as police officers, firefighters, or nurses. Beautify your campus with environmental education. Donate non-perishable food, blankets, and clothes to a local shelter. Learning through service benefits both the students and the community!

Do you have a great idea to share? Are you inspired by one of these ideas? Let us know in the comments below!


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