What if Skype was one more thing on the lunch menu at your school? Skype with people around the world who could serve as mentors and share their passions? Kids could bring their lunches to the room and have a 20 minute Skype with the mentor while they eat. The “line-up” could be shared with the school and kids could sign up for the sessions that they are interested in.
What if we celebrated the birthdays of famous scientists or historical figures? Not just as an excuse to have a party, but a fun way for kids to get to know the great leaders in STEM that they might not hear about otherwise. It could open the door for some great discussions on the struggles and failures the person overcame.
What if instead of a regular “Show and Tell” you had a “Struggle Share”? Kids could bring in something to represent something they have struggled with, failed in, and talk about it with the class. It might be powerful for the kids to see that everyone struggles with something… especially when you, as the teacher, share yours!
What if each week, instead of writing a newsletter to parents, you asked a student to write a blog post about what happened in the class that week? A students’ point of view will be interesting, it’s great, authentic writing practice, and kids will enjoy being bloggers!
What if we just wrote random blog posts of half-baked ideas to spark a discussion and just to see what kind of new ideas might happen? It’s like the brainstorming that we ask our students to do. Throw the idea out there and something might stick!
These idea may or may not ever fully happen. That’s why they are half-baked. So, what are your half-baked ideas for the coming school year?