Adding a Little Pep to Your Lesson Plan

How many times can you be told that students will remember the most interesting lessons? Or that learning ought to be as fun as possible? The answer is of course, that you could probably do with being told these things a little less, but that doesn’t make it any less of a relevant topic.

Teachers across the country are getting creative with their lesson plans. From educational music videos (like this pretty fantastic one) to becoming real storytellers, they are all doing their utmost to make sure that students are not only learning, but having fun and learning to, well, love learning. Like it or not, the new school year will be upon us before you know it! So in the spirit of always being prepared, here’s a few suggestions for making lessons a little more fun.

  1. Presidential Rap Battles: Not everyone has a soft spot for U.S. history, but after this lesson they just might. We suggest having students debate as though they are different presidents (or presidential candidates) via the more modern spoken vehicle of rapping. Topics could range from the Louisiana Purchase to social programs introduced in the Great Depressions. Really you could go anywhere with this one.
  2. The Statistical Probability of Winning a Hand of Blackjack: All you need for this is a bag of candy and a few decks of cards. Now, no actual playing is necessary, but if you deal a hypothetical hand, see if your students can accurately predict various outcomes using their statistics skills. Right answers = candy. Win, win.
  3. Keep It Simple: Have students teach portions of the lesson solo or in groups. Award points for creativity and how comprehensible the information they present is. We guarantee you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the results.

Have any other ideas? How do you make your lessons a bit more interesting? Have any great stories or examples? Let us know in the comments!

Just don’t let those rap battles go too far…. Picture Source