Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Edward Scissorhands and Teaching

I was watching one of my favorite Tim Burton movies today, Edward Scissorhands, and it came to the scene where the brother takes Edward to show and tell at school. I can't help but think to myself that I hope I can entertain my students that much someday! They are scared at the beginning, not talking or interrupting, then enthralled and then overwhelmingly excited - what teacher doesn't want a reaction like that to a lesson that you've put all your time and effort into creating! I think maybe Edward would have been a fun teacher to have because he just wants to please people....well at least his intentions are good :-)

Edward Scissorhands really is quite the interesting character. Maybe I should be making a lesson in media studies that reflects interesting characters and why people like them and relate to them. I think this is something that would interest students and get those critical and creative thinking skills working.

I am telling you now, that one of my goals for this year will be to have a lesson like this - maybe not quite to this extent, and definitely not using scissors or any other dangerous piece of equipment, but I will definitely put in more creative effort into my lessons to create a stir in my students. They need to be stirred up and woken up more often. I will try to keep you updated on how this all goes down this school year.
Motivational sets and enthusiastic deliveries here I come!