Okay. okay. I feel like we’re getting somewhere w/r/t lesson and resource sharing online.
Swing by Ben Wildeboer’s hurricane investigation. I’ll cop to a lot of personal preference in this arena but no matter who you are or what you prefer, you’ve gotta notice what an advance this is on the traditional model.
- He presents his lesson plan as a narrative, stripping it of the usual prescriptive vibe (ie. “do [x] for twenty minutes; assess [x] now.”) which vibe is something like wearing a milkweed boutonnière on your first date. (Or, I guess, wearing a boutonnière on your first date period. Don’t do that.)
[The usual explanations] didn’t cut it for my students. 15-year olds don’t have great appreciation for the subtleties and complexities of meteorological research. They wanted answers.
I’m feeling it, y’know? The tension. Will they find answers? Will they?! HOW!?!
- He embeds photos, attachments, and links.
Y’know: multimedia. The stuff that makes good teaching great, even when your students are teachers.
Obviously it doesn’t hurt Wildeboer at all that:
- he has enthusiasm for his content,
- he knows how to write,
- he leaves a few questions tantalizingly unanswered,
- his lesson has broad appeal, easily appropriated for math (via graph interpretation) and history (via Katrina & the environmental movement),
but, otherwise, a great, shared lesson plan really is this simple:
Present it as a multimedia story.
Which isn’t at all to say it’s easy, just that the ROI is spectacular when done right.