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
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Teaching Math Outrageously
Math is all too often taught as a cut and dried set of rules to be memorized and practice. However, mathematics is really about creating and solving puzzles and discovering relationships. To mathematicians math is gamelike and fun, and those sense can be recreated for students via Outrageous lessons. As a former math teacher, I received funding from the National Science Foundation to create a pre-Algebra curriculum based on fantasy. There are a variety of techniques that can be used to get students involved in discovering math rules, including anthrophormizing concepts, motion games, etc.
There are several examples of Outrageous math lessons in the book, including using dancing to enable students to discover the rules for multiplying signed numbers.
Please submit your examples of successful math Outrageous lessons.
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.