So many times teachers struggle to make meaningful real-life connections to their lessons. Students often become disengaged because the lessons is meaningless to them and their lives. But it’s not just the teacher’s fault. Sometimes it’s the course itself that needs to be meaningful.
— Alyce Sullivan (@AlyceSullivan) April 19, 2018
Lessons in the picture above have instant and meaningful connections. Science, economy, teamwork, writing, and math are all included in lessons that focus on gardening.
And then there’s the engineering challenges, which often get pushed to the end of the year – for after testing. But they hold so much meaning for students.
This week @UlsterUni and @ArkwrightTalent hosted a Humpty Dumpty Challenge. Teams of secondary school students produced innovative solutions to transport eggs from the 2nd/3rd floor of the Belfast Campus to the ground floor without breakage #yearofengineering pic.twitter.com/obM3utMP46
— Ulster University (@UlsterUni) April 26, 2018
And the world of business and entrepreneurship is usually a place reserved for a select few electives in high school, but why can’t it take centerstage in social studies, reading, and math classes. Kids love to create and be rewarded – which is what business is all about.
Shark tank as a middle school project with high school-student consultants? Yes, please! What a #innovative project from our awesome #makerspace teachers @JoubertAndres & @makerfunes #gslearning #gulliverschools pic.twitter.com/TWz3rWIndu
— Amanda Quintanilla (@amandavquinta) April 24, 2018
What other innovative ideas do you have for taking lessons from class to real life?