End of the Year: Teach the Teacher Day
One of my favorite end of the year activities that I did with third graders was Teach the Teacher Day. I usually planned it for one of the last days of school, but not THE last day. Each student gets to teach a lesson of his or her choice. It can be about anything!
It was so fun because you really get a glimpse into each student’s personality. I had one girl bring in a karaoke machine and teach us how to sing a song. One student taught us how to make no bake cheesecake, and she made enough for everyone! One student taught us how to draw Manga. He literally led the class in a drawing lesson, and the rest of the class was so excited with their final drawing. Some students would teach us languages, lessons about their heritage, karate moves, and so many other fun and interesting things.
As teacher, we learn so much from our students everyday, but on Teach the Teacher Day, I was always amazed at how much they had to teach me.
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It’s so simple:
I would give students about 2 weeks to prepare their lessons. Just pass out the lesson plan template. Then, I would encourage them each day to practice their lessons. Then, set aside one of your last days, and let them teach.
There really is a lot of critical thinking involved in planning a lesson. (Preaching to the choir, I know). Students have to plan step by step how they will present the material, and write down the steps.
You could grade the presentation. This makes a great language arts grade for speaking and listening skills. You could also grade the lesson plan. I just added a rubric that you can use, too! (It’s included in the file.)
I had students include a multiple choice question. One year, I was on top of my game, and I typed them up ahead of time to make a class test. They LOVED seeing their question typed up like a test. I even took the test with them and let them grade me.
As they were presenting, I jotted down specific notes to myself and then later wrote each student an individual note about their presentation. They really appreciated it. I could tell because I would catch them re-reading the notes throughout the day. You could also have students write notes to each other on index cards or give them a time to praise each other.
This is my favorite end of the year activity. I hope you love it, too! If you are looking for some resources to promote summer learning, I have those in my store also!
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