Imagine it… apparently there are 5000 pre-service teachers training in Ontario’s universities right now… They are all out on placements this term for a varying amount of time and ALL are trying to come up with STELLAR lessons to make learning fun for their students while at the sametime impressing their faculty advisors and Teaching Associates (it’s part of the game). Why should all this searching and lesson development be done in a vacuum? Unite! Converse! Gather!
There is definitely no shortage of lesson plan sites and teacher resources on the web. Feel free to check out the lesson plan category on my Furl account here . I think for pre-service and new teachers, it’s not so much the ideas that are important, it’s the conversation around those ideas! It’s that SOCIAL LEARNING thing staring back at us! The lesson plan sites are the content (anyone can ‘do’ content) but it’s the HOW and WHY that needs to be emphasized to really help the teachers learn their trade.
I’m trying to help things along by providing a place for the lesson conversation and exchange to take place… So far it’s very tiny… only one exchange – my own! — being investigated but still, the potential is there for more, I believe, – and a wiki seems like the right tool to do this with.
To get involved in the Lesson Idea Exchange – go to: http://lessonideas.pbwiki.com/ – to add a REQUEST or to help someone else out you’ll need to use the password “lessonideas” (without the quotes). Feel free to pass this link along to ANY teachers out there!