If you have been a teacher for 5 minutes, you have most likely experienced class disruption! We all have. It’s expected. It’s also exhausting and frustrating, but what if it weren’t? What if you could turn the tables on the classroom disruptors and disrupt them by disrupting your classroom yourself?
“Why would I do that?” you ask. Well, the answer lies in this challenging and thought provoking, quick-read book. For the next hour or so, you will be challenged to rethink how you engage your class and how to help your students truly learn.
So, grab a cup of coffee, a glass of tea, or maybe even bottle of wine and sit back and soak in some of the concepts we have used personally, as well as used to help other teachers, and get ready to disrupt your class! Available for purchase at Amazon.com and Kindle!
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Here Are Some Class Disruptors You Can Use!
This game is good for lessons where you have a lot of reading or a lot of information to relay. The instructor should go through the material and write out a list of questions which cover the material in the order in which it is presented.
The class should be divided into two teams, team A and team B. The list of questions and a score sheet should be placed on a table between the two teams. Team A is given the information to read and team B is given a pair of dice. When the instructor says go or rings a bell, Team A reads the first question and begins feverishly trying to find the answer. Team B begins rolling the dice until they get a double of any sort. They must roll both dice at once, not one and then the other. As team A finds the answers, they write them (short answer form) under the questions and give themselves one point for each question answered. As soon as Team B rolls doubles, they score 1 point for rolling doubles and the reading material changes from Team A to team B. Team B now gets a chance to score as many points as they can while team A rolls both dice to try and get doubles. Players from both teams must take turns among their team members in participating. This can be done by forming a line, drawing numbers, or just letting students volunteer to go.
Once all of the questions are answered the scores are tallied and the team with the highest scores win a prize (could be a piece of candy from the candy jar).
Driving in Reverse
Life is a journey. Sometimes getting from point A to point B isn’t as easy as you would expect. But what if you actually started at point B and worked backwards to point A? That is basically how this exercise works. The teacher provides the students with the answer or solution to a problem as well as the initial question, issue or problem statement. Students must begin with the answer and through a series of questions (who, what, where, when, why, and how) work their way back to the beginning. These types of challenges are great for process learning.
Example: Answer or Solution: I have a homemade 3-layer chocolate cake with raspberry filling and dark chocolate icing. Initial Problem: I have dinner guests coming but no dessert, only ingredients.
Students will deconstruct the process for making the cake by asking a series of questions to get each step necessary. Once the students are finished with the process, they should be able to start at point A and sequentially work their way to points B, C, and D, etc., without getting lost, leaving out any steps or taking detours along the way.
We all know that scenarios are great for putting things into perspective. However, many times there are lessons that lack that sense of relevance or the relevance easily gets lost on the students. You may hear, “Why are we learning this?”. This challenge actually flips the question to the students and challenges them to come up with a Best-Case Scenario for the topic of the day. Students are challenged to take the day’s topic and creatively put it into a real-life scenario. This can be done in groups and students can share out or act out their scenarios for the teacher to judge which scenario was best. There can be several awards: Most Creative, Most Real, Funniest Scenario, etc.
In the News
Sometimes you have that lesson or topic that just needs help in order to make it more palatable for students. For this challenge, the students will take the “not so newsworthy” lesson and use it to create their own news program, complete with scripts, pictures, news anchors, on-the-scene reporters, and eyewitnesses. For fun, you could even throw in a related commercial break. Students can be serious, overly dramatic, or even comical, as long as the topics are clearly presented. Take the opportunity to record the event and play it back for further review.
Let’s face it, facts and figures are rarely fun things to memorize. If you have a list of things students will need to know for test or an applicable lesson, make it an opportunity to use their creative genius. Have students break into small groups and come up with a song to fit the information. At least one student, if not all, should perform the song to the class. The class can either vote on the best song or the challenge can be done in true music or talent show style, complete with judges and critiques.