Classroom Applications Elective

Posted by Jordan Collier on April 16, 2013 in EdTech |

I have never taught a class students actually selected to take. Never. I’ve always had a captive, you-are-in-3rd-period-English-because-it-fits-in-your-schedule audience. And that got me thinking.

  • What would it be like to actually teach a class full of interested, focused students rather than teach a class where most of my time is spent convincing students to be interested?
  • What would it be like to teach a class where personal interest rather than GPA drives student effort?
  • If I did teach a class—any class I wanted—what would it be?
  • What is the greatest need in our school and how can a new elective meet that need?

I brainstormed ideas and came up with a class designed to put students in position to:

  • lead
  • drive instruction
  • use cutting-edge technology
  • ask important questions
  • create value for every teacher and student in our school
  • collaborate to solve problems
  • effectively present ideas to any age—peers, teachers, and administrators.

Watch below to see what I came up with.

I presented this video and ideas to my administrators, and (thankfully) they loved it!

In August, 12 students and I will begin charting a new course for our school— creating value for every teacher and every student. Our school is making a technological leap next year, and what better way to start than from the ground up, right? This is truly a grassroots movement that students will help lead. I’m thankful to be along for the ride.

If you could teach any class you wanted, what would it be?


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