Where can you find inspiration for a cool lesson or activity? Does it take a “bolt of lightning” creative moment, or can you find it in your everyday life?
I think it can be narrowed down to three words.
Inspiration is everywhere.
So, when I got together with South Carolina educators Matt Johnson and Jed Dearybury before a professional development event, we wanted to put that to the test.
We were in Dallas, Texas. After having some barbecue for lunch (because Dallas …), we gave ourselves a challenge.
We decided to walk around the neighborhood where the restaurant was and see if we could come up with cool, creative, engaging classroom and school ideas.
We had no idea what we would find, but we realized that inspiration indeed was everywhere.
1:31 — 1. Use a chalkboard to hook students into learning.
2:10 — 2. Notice science everywhere for experiments.
2:45 — 3. Create your own stickers for rewards or badges.
3:26 — 4. Make the most of blank walls with student-painted murals.
4:15 — 5. If it’s not a box, what could it be?
5:02 — 6. Repurpose materials into something unique.
5:38 — 7. Create a public space for things kids are proud of.
6:02 — 8. Make creations/creatures out of nature.
6:35 — 9. Envision the history behind something.
7:25 — 10. Turn frames into comic strips.
7:48 — 11. Invent a “history” for something old.
8:00 — 12. Share your ideas with other teachers!
8:22 — 13. Create a t-shirt related to your class/content.
8:57 — 14. Give new life to outdated objects.
9:54 — 15. Create thread/yarn art.
10:40 — 16. Make something that represents class content out of surprising material.
11:05 — 17. Pursue students’ curiosities!
11:27 — 18. See math problems in everyday things.
12:15 — 19. Add inspiration in unexpected places.
14:00 — 20. Create pixel art with sticky notes.
14:00 — 21. Make it a math problem! anticipate how many of each color you’ll need
14:42 — 22. Create fun seating from unexpected things.
Where do YOU find inspiration everywhere? Share some of your favorite examples in a comment here or on YouTube!
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Matt is scheduled to present at the following upcoming events:
|Date||Event / Event Details||City / More Info|
|+|| 03/30/2018||Taylorville CUSD||Taylorville, IL|
|+|| 04/11/2018||Switzerland County School Corp||Vevay, IN|
|+|| 04/21/2018||Great Expectations||Edmond, OK|
|+|| 04/25/2018||Connect Conference||Niagra Falls, CA|
|+|| 06/01/2018||MSD of Martinsville||Martinsville, IN|
|+|| 06/04/2018||Granbury ISD||Granbury, TX|
|+|| 06/05/2018||Columbus City Schools||Columbus OH|
|+|| 06/06/2018||School City of Mishawaka||Mishawaka, IL|
|+|| 06/12/2018||2nd Annual Learn, Explore, Adopt and Deliver (LEAD) Conference||Cleveland, OH|
|+|| 06/13/2018||InnEdCo||Keystone, CO|
|+|| 06/19/2018||Tyler ISD||Tyler, TX|
|+|| 06/21/2018||Barr-Reeve Jr/Sr High School- Washington Community Schools||Washington, IN|
|+|| 08/09/2018||St. Joseph Grade School||South Bend, IN|
|+|| 08/14/2018||Tech Camp||Portage, Michigan|
|+|| 08/15/2018||St. Anthony de Padua Catholic School||South Bend, IN|