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:
- 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?