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Education World Community Lesson Plan Contest Winners Announced
Back in April, the Education World Community launched a lesson plan contest in search of the best teacher-submitted lesson plans. We were so excited to see what was submitted over the course of the next roughly four weeks.
As the lesson plans came in, we saw a variety of teaching styles and perspectives represented. In all, we received nearly 20 entries, which were all reviewed to ensure they met the contest rules. Then we sent off the URLs and titles to our esteemed group of three judges for scoring.
Without further ado, these are the winners of the contest along with a note from each of them about their lesson plan.
Grand Prize Winner
How She Developed This:
When coming up with the lesson plan, I was given the assignment to create a lesson for a biography unit. With the recent sinking of the Costa Concordia, which was the topic of a Scholastic Weekly Reader, and the 100th anniversary of the Titanic approaching, I decided to focus my lesson on Molly Brown. The creation of tinfoil boats was something I remember doing as a child, as well as an experiment we had discussed in one of my junior block courses. I was able to adapt it by having the students save passengers (the pennies) of a sinking ship. Realizing that I was integrating science, social studies, and language arts, I decided to round out the lesson plan with a math component.
I was so impressed with how students reacted to the lesson. They were all engaged during the book and were able to hold a lengthy discussion after about Molly Brown, the Titanic, and the Costa Concordia. They were so excited that I ended up having to cut the conversation short in order to have time to create the boats! I was then even more impressed when every single student pair was able to create a boat that actually floated. Students were engaged in the bar graphs as well, which allowed them to work on skills of greater than and less than, as well as graph making, without actually realizing how much they were learning.
Runner-Up: Grades 6 and Up
I created it while I was a student training to be an English teacher. ... After completing clinical observations for teacher training I realized that a career as a school counselor would suit me better. I have a physical disability known as cerebral palsy which often made it difficult for me to perform the physical demands of teaching. In the fall I will begin training to become a school counselor. I enjoy working one on one with students and I feel a career as a school counselor is perfect for me. I hope to advocate for students with special needs and bring about apprecition for people of all cultures.
Runner-Up: Grades Pre-K through 5
I taught a K/1 SDC at Dos Caminos Elementary School (Student teaching/ Ed. Specialist) in Camarillo, CA. I've been teaching for the National Park Service for the last ten years in Yosemite National Park, but finished my SPED credential in May 2012 from California State University, Channel Islands. The lesson plan was written with my students in mind and their different learning styles (UDL). My students require interactive lessons that are explicit to keep them engaged and motivated.
Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to everyone who entered!
Special thanks to our judges:
- Celine Provini, editor of Education World
- Charity Preston, The Organized Classroom Blog
- Lauren Davis, senior editor at Eye On Education