This Mexican classroom offers a rich example of how to support students to learn key content in creative and engaging ways. Students have been putting together in their own time a song to help them remember the quadratic formula. The teacher starts this lesson with an example from some students, who bravely perform in front of their peers. The teacher and class are warm and congratulatory for their efforts. The song is also very catchy!
This is an urban, private school. Watch out for how the teacher:
- Recalls previous learning through songs
- Has different groups of students perform the songs they wrote
- Warmly encourages students’ efforts
How do you encourage risk-taking in your own classroom?