Directions for Niche: Creating an Interactive Lesson

Creating an Interactive Lesson for the classroom, may be harder than it looks, but I’m going to try to break it down into some simple steps.

Step One: Choose a topic that your students will relate to, and that fits into the curriculum. For this post I’ll be using Advertising as a topic, within the larger unit of Mass Media Communication.

Step Two: Set specific objectives for your lesson. What exactly do you want your students to know by the end of the lesson? Objectives should be stated in measurable terms so that your students can meet those goals. It could read something like:

The students will be able to identify their target market  for their given product and create an appropriate logo, and slogan within one class period.

This way the objective is measurable, and has a time limit on it, this gives students incentive to finish because they know what is expected of them. To read more on objectives go here.

Step Three: Create a multitude of ways to absorb the information. The more differentiated the lesson the better. Create a worksheet or handout, that states your specific objectives and is a visual map for students to follow. Also, follow up your worksheet with a presentation. Standing in front of the class, writing on the board isn’t enough anymore. Students need their information presented to them in many ways because it is in every other facet of their life. A PowerPoint or video would be appropriate here. Much like this one: ADvertising

Step Four: Follow up during the lesson with questions that will keep students engaged. Create links to their personal lives, connections and references that they understand. Embarrass yourself if you must by singing jingles from common commercials to show them the effectiveness of creative and good advertising. Create a game out of identifying logos from different companies around the world. There are many ways to keep the students attention during an interactive lesson, the key is finding the right one for you and your students.

Step Five: After the lesson is all over, its important to close it by reiterating the important facts.¬† Making sure students know what it is they have learned, and where they are going to be going with the information they just learned. Are they going to complete an assignment with a group? Or are they just going to forget the info? Without a clear goal they won’t understand the importance of remembering the material.

Step Six: The next time you see the students, make sure you follow up and make sure they remember most of the material you covered. The more ways you present the information, the more students will completely comprehend what you’re covering, and you’ll get better results!

This entry was posted on Thursday, July 1st, 2010 at 13:23 and is filed under ICM. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

Leave a Reply