So where can you teach a lesson?
Some school grounds are now developing garden areas and outdoor classrooms. But even if your school doesn’t have such an area, you can still teach a lesson outdoors. Work with what you have!
I have delivered a lesson from the hallway before. The change of location helps to spark student interest and can even minimize distractions.
You can teach a lesson in the library on any topic. This is a great place in the school that doesn’t need to be limited to just doing book exchanges.
Imagine doing a classroom swap for a lesson or a day. It could be a lot of fun.
These don’t always have to be expensive. Maybe you can take your class for a short walk down the block or somewhere interesting in the neighbourhood.
Asking questions while doing your planning can help open up all sorts of ideas and possibilities.
For example, “How can I get my class outside for this lesson?” is better than “Is there a way…” because the latter allows for the mind to take the easy way out and just say, “No.”
Even better might be to ask, “How many different ways can I find to get my class outside for this lesson?” Now the question naturally leads towards receiving multiple solutions rather than being satisified with one. The ability to manipulate questions to make them even more effective is crucial to success in the creative process.
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