"Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of genius of each."
More examples of PHRD staff engaging students ...
Participating in play ...
To improve interest in the Fort Assiniboine intramural program, staff have entered a basketball team. In addition to being a whole lot of fun, teachers have noticed increased participation by junior high students. When I commented to a young man that the lady in the shorts was a really great basketball player he proudly commented, "That's my mom!"
Using "web tools" to suit your purpose ...
In the fall we spent some time reviewing "web tools" with staff at BCHS. Jami Livingston found a creative way to use "Edmodo"* for a Renaissance social studies project. Students were asked to play the part of a Renaissance personality. As a part of the role play, students posted relevant video clips, photos, and quotes. They also posted the thoughts, feelings and observations of their characters and dialogued with other characters of the same time period. What a great way to engage students!
*Edmodo is a social learning platform for teachers, students, and parents. Uses include posting assignments, creating polls for student responses, embedding video clips, and simply a venue for students and teachers to exchange messages on "learning". Wikipedia
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