Timeless Teachings in a Changing World
Allowing students to vote on various projects and help design their own learning increases motivation and allows them to take responsibility for their own learning. One way to accomplish this is to allow students to vote on the type of project they want to complete. Another method is to allow students to choose ways to prepare and present information. When having teams of students make a presentation, I like to allow them to chose their own method of delivery, which may involve using technology such as slide shows, presenting a play, or performing a song or a skit.
These are some of the concepts hiding within every great lesson. It's important to connect the curriculum to the real world by expanding outside the classroom and involving students in the process. That's when the real magic begins.