This blog is for teachers to share and react to Outrageous lesson ideas for engaging all students in grades 4-12 across the content areas.
The method of Outrageous Teaching and lesson planning techniques are described in my new book above, Teaching Content Outrageously: How to Captivate All Students and Accelerate Learning, Grades 4-12.
This book is available at a discount on Amazon and Barnes & Nobles' web sites.
How To Post Outrageous Lessons/Outrageous Class Management Suggest
You can either post your Outrageous lessons as a comment to the appropriate content area in the post below, or e mail it to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also post your Outrageous classroom management suggestions by submitting a comment to the post on classroom management below, or e mailing it to me at: email@example.com
All successful Outrageous lessons will be published along with additional suggestions
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Outrageous Lessons for Teaching Science
Science is all too often taught as a series of facts. While the facts are important, science is also a process of dramatic stories about discoveries, a search for understanding, a triumph over problems. Brian Greene describes science as "the greatest of all adventure stories", and as a "language of hope and inspiration, providing discoveries that fire the imagination" All of which provides science teachers with opportunity to develop highly dramatic, Outrageous lessons to engage students and fire their imagination, while also incorporating key facts.
My book on Outrageous instruction has an example of a successful Outrageous lesson teaching the origin of flight to highly unmotivated middle school students, with terrific results.
To be the best clearinghouse for ideas on how to better engage all students in learning in grades 4-12.
To participate in this blog, please submit your successful ideas for engaging students and favorite Outrageous lessons to share with others. There is an Outrageous lesson planning guide on page 84 of my book on the left—but all successful student engagement ideas are welcome.