Magical Connections

This section is to share ideas that help extend your lesson by using clever ideas to review concepts. Using clever ways to present lesson plans to keep the class engaged and motivated to hear and learn. Most of the ones I share come from things I have developed and used in my SCHOOL ASSEMBLY PROGRAMS. ENJOY...


Cooty picture

Remember the old "Cootie Catchers"? They were a paper toy that was very popular among students back in the day. In fact, they still make an appearance now and then today. Why not use these simple paper novelties to review for a test. Simply, fold one of these papertoys and write review questions on the outside and inside and if they answer correctly they open the SECRET section and read a motivational statement, or get a snack, or rewarded a get the idea! If you are unfamiliar with this wonderful little review tool click the link below and it will bring you to a video that explains how to make one. This could be a project for your class that will be fun and UNFORGETTABLE!


quiz time

Want a fun way to review for that next test? Check out this wonderful idea from Janelle Cox of Teach

Have Students Create Their Own Quiz
Give students the opportunity to create their own quiz. This will not only engage students, but it will give them a better idea of how test creators structure their questions. Discuss all of the types of questions that can and will be on the standardized test. Make sure that you point out that many of the answers act as “distractors” and to design their quiz with tricky elements.

Next, group students together and have them create their own version of a quiz. It’s good to pair students with different strengths and learning styles into groups with one another. This will help students benefit from each others’ strengths. When the quizzes are completed, have groups exchange with each other and take the quiz. Then have groups take a moment to give feedback on how they think the quiz was.

Special Report

BIG BOOK REPORT? Break it up to make it more fun and manageable for students...
When you announce that your class will be doing a book report, what is there reaction? Do their eyes glaze over? Do they audibly groan? Well here is a suggestion. Next time you want your class to learn from a book why not assign different topics to pairs of students. For example, let's say you are reading Dickens: A Christmas Carol.

*Assign a couple of the students to find out who Tiny Tim is and what is wrong with him.
*Assign a couple of students to find the names of the ghost and their missions.
*Have the students pay particular attention to era in which this book takes place.
*Assign a couple of students to learn all they can about the Cratchits.

The point is that instead of doing a book report on the whole book they just need to concentrate on a particular aspect of the book. In this end everyone comes together and shares their mini reports which helps everyone to better understand the book as a whole.

People always ask what my secret is to keeping students engaged with my assemblies. The answer is rather complex but one key thing I use are different interactive tactics that can translate to the classroom. Below you will find an ongoing project of mine called, "Interactive Teaching Techniques". The goal of this project is to share over 100 tactics. I will add to this report periodically so you may want to check back here often for the updates.

Interactive Teaching Tactics

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