Students posing

You Be The Teacher Project

LAWRENCE, NEW YORK (JUNE 2022)—As an end-of-the-year activity, Lawrence Elementary School sixth-grade students created a lesson to teach the rest of their class. In the You Be The Teacher projects, the students were able to choose any lesson they wanted to teach their classmates within a 15-30 minute block of time.

“It is a great learning experience for the students as they complete a lesson plan format including an objective, attention signal, and strategies for keeping their classmates engaged,” said Glenda Kampton, Lawrence Elementary School teacher. “Some topics the students chose this year were: origami, planting seeds, basketball, Harry Potter, human anatomy, geodes, and pet care.”

The students ended the project with a written self-reflection evaluation. They enjoyed this project because they were excited to share their expertise on a topic they enjoy and share it with their peers. Learning from their classmates creates a positive impact in the classroom, it fosters a deep understanding of the materials and it is an exciting way to create a positive attitude towards the subject matter. It also benefits the students who are teaching the class by preparing to teach others, students have the opportunity to expand and deepen their knowledge of what they want to teach.

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  Photo 1: Lawrence Elementary School sixth-grade students opening up geodes 

 Photo 2: Lawrence Elementary School sixth-grade students opening up geodes 

 Photo 3: Lawrence Elementary School sixth-grade students with their folded claws origami