I've got some great lessons planned for my 6th graders that I'm so excited for them to begin starting tomorrow! We are working to compare the social and culture of the United States to Sweden - and it is student directed learning with the students getting to choose what they learn, and how they would like to learn it. I love how much choice I see Swedish teachers give their students, so I'm doing it, too!
We brainstormed as a class what the students were interested, and they compiled such a long list from security/gun ownership to the economy and insurance. Then, we brainstormed how they want to learn the different information; they chose have class discussion and group work with the final product for the students being a video or a PowerPoint. Because students are choosing what and how they are going to learn, I think students are better motivated and connect more to the content.
In groups, students will choose their topic, give background information on it for the United States and Sweden, and then give their opinion on the topic - which do they like better, what benefits do they see, how are they similar/different etc. I can't wait to see what they all come up with especially the videos and PowerPoints.
On another note, I got back my Praxis scores for teacher certification, and I passed both the multiple subjects portion and PLT portion! Now, when I head back to the states and graduate I will be officially certified to be an elementary teacher in Kentucky!
Also have some travel news - Nikki and I will be heading to Paris for the weekend! We cannot wait to go to Paris and see the Eiffel Tower, the Palace of Versailles, the Louvre, and so much more. If anybody has any other suggestions of where to go or things to see, please let me know!