When you plan a lesson with a curiosity and interest driven topic in mind, your students will be willing to show more effort, stay longer at different tasks and remember new information a lot better.
It is very important to keep topics relevant to students’ lives and personal experiences. Therefore, tailor lessons to your student’s interests and strengths: If your student loves dogs, then explore a science lesson about life cycles researching 5 amazing facts about dogs. Here is a great resource plan for that. If your student is obsessed with soccer, then take advantage of it by organizing a math lesson. Create graphs when comparing Lionel Messi’s statistics versus Cristiano Ronaldo. Here is a great page that keeps track of all their goals and more.
Nubia Parsons, Multilingual Programs Specialist for the Elementary division explains that teachers should “Make sure that ‘curiosity questions’ are planned to address the gaps that will take place when new information is learned.”
Teachers must seek to implement multiple ways of engaging students with the lesson. “For example”, she says, “when teaching ELL students (English Language Learners) the use of sheltered instruction is vital to help students access information in a language different than theirs.” Instruction can be sheltered by (to mention just a few):
- Adjusting the pacing of your voice
- Using a lot of visuals
- Sentence/question stems
Research lessons should have a wide variety of hands on activities and opportunities for students to collaborate and synergize. Students tend to learn faster and comfortably when engaging with their own peers.
With more and more of the world’s content online, it is critical that students understand how to effectively use web search to find quality sources appropriate to their task. Google has created a series of lessons to help guide your students to use search meaningfully in their schoolwork and beyond. Lessons are arranged by level of difficulty. Google Research lesson plans
As students continue to research, there should also be a clear outline of their target “end of lesson product” that students can present or talk about with peers or other members of the educational community.
It is vital to nurture students learning styles and communication skills to equip students to successfully share findings and conclusions.