Hello, Everyone! Today, I am linking up with Joanne from Head over Heels for Teaching for her wonderful linky, Spark Student Motivation Saturday.
I believe one of the biggest student motivators is choice. I give my students choice whenever possible, whether it's the book they read, a writing topic, type of project, ...
This week in social studies, we discussed some important post-Revolutionary War events. I used our textbook and the Smart Board to load my students with some background knowledge on these events. Students recorded page numbers and a few important facts on this foldable.
After hearing some general information, I had students write the three topics they were most interested in learning more about. I divided the War of 1812 up into four categories, including two battles that we are required to cover: Beginning of the War, Battle of Thames, Battle of Lake Erie, End of the War.
I got lucky because I was able to give everyone their first or second choice. I checked out our iPad cart (new to my school this year) and let students get to work on researching their event.
The finished product will be a timeline. My awesome partner created this form for each group to use. (Students decorated the border to match their topic.)
Students had the opportunity to share what they learned with the class. I definitely saw the benefits from student-directed learning and teaching. I am looking forward to assembling the timeline.
Now, I am off to see all of the other great, motivating ideas. Thank you, Joanne for hosting this awesome linky!
Have a great weekend!