by Sarah Avery, Zulama Community Advocate
Project based learning, collaboration, 21st century learning; all great words and phrases, but how do they actually work in our classrooms? Below you’ll find different educational activities using all these great phrases that can be used in any classroom to jumpstart student learning and grow skills that will stay with your students throughout their lives!
Classroom Blogs: Looking for ways to address the writing standards in a real-world way? Start a classroom blog! This is a great way to increase classroom communication outside of the four walls of your room. As the teacher, you can use the blog to spread information to parents and spearhead student discussions that can be continued during the school day. Your students will get real world experience writing and publishing their own articles while developing their opinions in an engaging and mature way that will prepare them for a future job or college!
Check out Mike Wallagher’s article, Blogging in the Classroom- How to Get Started, for more ideas on how to use blogging to reinvent learning in your classroom!
Looking for more ways for your students to get real world writing experience? Share their blogs with us! With their permission, we would love to share their articles in our newsletters so other teachers can see the great things your students are doing!
Electronic Pen Pal: One of the best ways to extend learning outside the four walls of our classrooms is to find connections via the internet. How great would it be to connect with a class in France or Russia and collaborate across continents and cultures on common projects!
Check out Lisa Mims’ article, Pen Pals in the 21st Century, for ideas on how to make out-of-classroom connections for your students!
Game Based Learning: No Zulama article would be complete without mentioning game-based learning! Why? Because game-based learning is a great way to get students excited for learning, building, developing, and so much more! Games can be used to support any content area because you need all areas to develop a game. You need probability, storytelling, research, organization, art, and more to create a game. By having students play and build their own games, you can get your students excited about learning everything!
Check out Beverly Vaillancourt’s article, Redefining Play, for information on how you can use games to support your classroom!
If you have ideas for reinventing learning in the classroom, we’d love to see them in the comments below!