What’s the most creative or innovative lesson you taught?
A: During the fifth week of student teaching I contacted a family friend at Prospect Hill Cemetery. He provided my fifth grade class with a tour of the Cemetery. When we got back to the classroom we divided the class into several teams. One team worked on a PowerPoint presentation, another team created a timeline of important events in the life of the cemetery from the Revolutionary War to the present, another team looked into burial customs from around the world, another team of students developed an annotated bibliography of books about death and dying, and the final team gathered oral histories from some of the docents and volunteers at the Cemetery. What was originally conceived as a three-week project eventually turned into a two month multi-disciplinary project that combined social studies, art, music, language arts, and reading into a most exciting thematic unit.
This is a grand opportunity to provide a specific and concrete example of how you went “above and beyond” the usual lesson planning for student teaching. Be sure to provide specific details and any reactions you obtained from supervisors or administrators. Show, as much as possible, how you are willing to pursue projects that are somewhat out of the ordinary – projects that engage students in creative or innovative ways.
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