Episode 19: My Favorite Teaching Activity


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On this episode, I mention the following:

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2 thoughts on “Episode 19: My Favorite Teaching Activity

  1. I just want to start by saying I thought this was a great episode, and I absolutely agree that we should share our best lesson plans and teaching ideas. I started my career as a high school teacher, but have worked the last several years as an instructional designer in higher ed. It was so surprising to me when I started working with faculty that they felt the need to protect their lesson plans, syllabi and anything else they had created in the name of intellectual property. When I was a high school teacher, sharing, adapting and layering lesson plans with colleagues was a common practice, so this shift from k12 mentality to higher ed mentality was a difficult one for me.

    Your lesson plan reminded me of a great series on Vimeo titled, “Everything is a Remix” and part 4 of that serious I thought was especially pertinent to share here

    . Not only does he briefly address the songs you mentioned in your lesson, but the creator of this series tackles the idea of evolution in terms of: COPY | TRANSFORM | COMBINE

    He masterfully depicts how creative thoughts and ideas are rarely isolated and more commonly are a result of influence in one way or another. I felt like this related well to your point in this episode that we should be sharing our content for the encouragement of learning by willing to let others copy, transform and combine.

    Taking your advice, I’d love to share that one of my favorite tools for fun lessons was using Free Rice. A couple years ago I wrote up some of the ways Free Rice can be used in the classroom: http://www.edudemic.com/student-learning-using-free-rice/. Hopefully this helps others to consider how they can copy, transform and combine to create impactful learning opportunities for their students. Thanks again, and great thoughts in this episode!

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