Always be consistent with your classroom management and know your students.
A grad student, Erin DiMaggio, at Arizona State University is creating lesson plans/resources for very current Earth Science related natural disasters at SciNEWS that your students might be hearing about on the news or even be experiencing. Each lesson, or informative talk, is specific to a current event. They are more for discussion that anything, but I gets me thinking in a broader context.
Lesson planning for current events is an interesting concept that I feel many teachers do not value when lesson planning. That is, bringing the most current up-to-date information and situations to their lessons in order to make the most impact and bring the most value to their students’ learning. As the experience of learning is so much hinged on the ability to relate to the world around us. And when I saw the world around us in the context of the classroom, I mean the current collective radar of the media. This framework for lesson planning is really cool and should be taken more to heart. Not to mention how important this type of lesson planning is in our ever changing fields of the sciences.
So, ditch that 4-year-old lesson plan that you’ve got memorized and spice it up a bit with some real current events that your students might actually be able to relate to.
More info @ SciNEWS
How do you incorporate current events into your lesson planning?
I’m tough. I have high expectations for my kids starting in Kindergarten through 8th grade. They know I won’t accept anything but their best effort, and I won’t tolerate them being disrespectful towards others.
They also know that I know their interests, what they do well, what makes them smile on a bad day, their home situations, and that they are a students of great value.
The only thing they fear is disappointing me. As long as they do their best, that will never happen.