Since I plan to teach lower elementary, I think I am most likely to use video creation in my class. Many parents would probably be skeptical of their second graders posting anything online. I feel that at this age it is safer to not post anything online.
That aside I would use video creation to bring stories my students write to life. I think it would be a great experience for every student to write a fictional story and then have their classmates act it out. Then, at the end of the year, I could send it home as a gift to parents so they could see how creative their children are. Video creation could also be used to enable shy students to give presentations. They could record themselves giving the presentation and then show the video to the class instead of presenting in front of everyone. Students could also use the camera to record a day in their lives and use editing software to speed up or cut out parts that they thought were less interesting. I think they would really enjoy a creating a project about their lives, instead of always doing them on someone else. They could also interview people that are important to them and share their interviews with the class or another class. The possibilities are nearly endless.
This was not the first time I wrote a lesson plan. I have made many for other classes and will be making many more in the future as will everyone reading this blog. I know many of you are freshman so I wanted to share with you something I have learned in regards to lesson planning.
Always be over prepared. I know this may seem obvious but it is awful to have finished teaching your lesson and have 15 minutes left before you can move on to the next lesson. I suggest always assuming that students are going to get done early. At the same time do not expect them to make it through your entire lesson when you know you have extra material in there. Here is a link to no prep activities in case you ever do run out of lesson.
When planning a lesson don’t think in terms of what the average student in your class needs. Start your lesson by explaining what your struggling student needs, even though your advanced students think they already know it a refresher is always helpful. Then, extend the lesson until you have taught everyone something new. If you teach to the average you teach no one. I like to make my lesson plans to teach to what I call the rainbow. At the beginning of the lesson the least amount of students are learning something new, this is the base of one side of the rainbow. As you continue teaching more and more students will be learning and absorbing something new, this is the top. On the other base are your quick students, by extending the lesson just beyond what the majority of your students will understand you will include that last group of students and you will have taught the entire rainbow something new. I highly recommend watching this TED Talk. It will help explain some of the current flaws with the way teachers lesson plan and teach.