Teacher Ideas from Fusion – Primary – For the Teachers

Mrs Green's Class (3)I did a presentation at the NWEA Fusion conference on “Creativity and Collaboration in Data-Driven Instruction” – basically my attempt to fit some of my favorite educational ideas all into a one-hour session. I really wanted to give those attending a chance to share ideas with each other. As I seem to say often, I think teachers are the best copyright violators in the world; we do a fantastic job of taking ideas we hear and see and making them our own.

We didn’t end up having enough time to share as I would have like, but I collected the ideas they wrote on sticky notes so that I could share them here.


Question: What are your favorite activities for involving creativity or getting kids working together in class?

Responses from Primary Teachers:

– Students create a commercial using as many vocabulary words as they can!

– Wax Museum – incorporating biography (non-fiction) reading, writing, art performance, parent involvement (the viewing)

– Think Pair Share

– Economics – Transform the class into a marketplace. Have students bring in items to represent their business!

– Communities Project – Rural, Urban, Suburban – Students work in groups to design their own community

– Comic strip showing how to do something

– Detailed poster showing favorite part of a book

– Instead of book reports… book projects, ie. for setting, the students map a map of the setting of their story

– Smart Response clickers provide data to tell instructor info!

– Teaching Channel – www.teachingchannel.org

Teacher Ideas from Fusion – Primary
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