Every year I am simply amazed at my kids' talents, interests, and the range of topics. This is the perfect opportunity to allow students to shine in non-academic ways! So far this week, we've learned: how to make a stop-motion video. Wow! These kids first motivated the class by showing a couple of their own stop-motion videos. Next they did a fantastic step-by-step directed lesson, then called for volunteers, and actually made and showed the short clip they filmed! Another student taught how to add sound to the video. My mouth was dropped open; I learned so much and they made it look simple! And talk about the patience it takes to make these videos! I loved the yellow shirt my student wore for his lesson day: Student Teacher #swag Stop motion.
Today we learned about the effects of carbon dioxide in an experiment with soda and Mentos. Before the exciting explosion outside, however, this student taught a whole directed lesson about the process!
We've also learned how to draw, fold origami, gymnastics, and dance hip hop so far! Over the next two weeks, other students have signed up to teach cooking, tie-dye shirts, script-writing, sign language . . . in years past, kids have even taught parkour and how to fold paper airplanes, along with a distance contest! Students get such a kick out of taking over as the teacher (& a better understanding at how difficult it is to teach when kids talk and blurt out!) and they gain new respect from classmates for their strengths! We all learn so much! (And it makes the end of the school year a whole lot more fun!)