Classroom Applications Elective

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?

6 thoughts on “Classroom Applications Elective

  1. This is awesome! I think you are spot on here. Too many students are taking classes because of GPA and not because they want to learn. Keep up the good work. If I could teach any class it would probably be something on a productive life.

      • Wow, good question, really making me think here.Two things, probably different courses: how spirituality and a sense of moral foundations enhances your productivity and purpose, and also how technology can help instead of hinder your productivity when used correctly. That is something that my blog aims to do (

  2. Wow! What a great idea. My students have actually asked about a life skills course like budgeting, couponing, etc. I guess we’ve lost this somewhere. .? Enjoying your blog , thanks for sharing your ideas, just started enote. Wonderful!

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