Teach Me Tuesday

Students need to know they can learn from anyone.

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Our kids love Teach me Tuesday, where they get to be the teacher and teach their passions. Making time in the weekly routine for this session has had fabulous outcomes and the highlight of the week for my learners and myself. Students get to be exposed to things that can spark their imagination, things they may not be exposed to otherwise.


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Hi Sarah, How are you? I think you are onto a great idea here and the comments below have really started to frame it out in more detail. We would love for you to share it in the ideate phase.

A couple of questions that might help frame out this idea:
What’s this idea about?
Why is this an idea that creates a culture of innovation?
How would you pitch this to other teachers in your school? Your principal?
How’d you get this idea off the ground?

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+1 to what Michael said! We loved this post and think it'd be awesome if your ideas carried through to Ideate

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I think that students teaching students is very powerful and love that you have created an outlet for them to share passions and be experts.

I can see how this can also fit into the entry on Passion Based Learning (https://teachersguild.org/challenge/how-might-we-create-rituals-and-routines-that-establish-a-culture-of-innovation-in-our-classrooms-and-schools/ideas/passion-based-learning) as an example for younger students.

It also reminds me of a local Student-to-Student Conference (hosted at UC Santa Cruz): http://giftedcalifornia.org/stu2stu/index.php#present --creating a student-to-student conference might be a way to give students a voice school- (or city)-wide

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This is uber fantastic sauce! A fantastic way to transform traditional show-and-tell into teach-and-do. I'm also digging your use of Padlet to document the experiences.

It got me wondering if you are noticing any trends in what the kids share? The sorts of skills they share? The sorts of experiences they bring?

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Originally this was meant as a place they could share their passions but many of the kids have surprised me with what they've chosen to teach. It's really widespread - baking, languages, drawing, sport. We've had quite a bit of drawing this year and last year we probably had more sport.

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That's fantastic. What might be the result of keeping a long term accessible collection of these? I wonder what might be gained from your colleagues and other students having access to such? Parents even?

I wonder how this might translate into staff meetings where staff members teach one another another some cool that they are passionate about -- not necessarily content related or school related. The idea of this as a personal development model intrigues the heck out of me.

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In term 1 we do something called Kid Mapping. Ss fill in a 'map' about themselves - likes/dislikes/fears/passions etc and then come in with their parents to share with their teacher. We have started to collect the data to see trends of what particular groups are interested in or worried about.
Think it would be great to do in staff meetings too!

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Oh I think something like this would be super powerful with staff; makes me wonder how might we ensure enough investment amongst the staff that the results and insights hold validity?

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Have you ever considered a "Teach me Tuesday" for your peers? Can you imagine ever trying this with faculty meetings or similar? Seems like it could be a great way to shake things up and experiment, even if it was just for a few minutes per meeting.

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Well now I feel ridiculous for not reading the whole thread! Yes! I was thinking the same thing . . . just 19 hours later . . .

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We had a teacher only day last year where every teacher could share/teach anything they were interested in. We had 4 teachers presenting at a time and the rest of the staff chose who they went to. Everyone was really nervous but in the end felt great doing it.

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I love this idea for student learning from each other. I can also see how great this can be for bringing in parents, siblings and other community members as well.

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