The New Teacher's Toolbox: Piloting New Ideas—The Brown-Bag Friday Seminarby: Michael Romano

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One of the most exciting things about beginning a teaching career is developing your own ideas. Piloting new lessons is key to establishing a solid curriculum—though the process is often time-consuming and requires much reflection. In this month's column, Michael Romano shares an idea he piloted in his classroom last fall: the Brown-Bag Friday Seminar.

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  • on Thu Nov 29, 2012 4:17 PM

This article relates the initiation of one teacher’s idea called ‘A Brown Bag Friday Seminar’ in which student brought a brown bag lunch on Fridays and the teacher arranged the chairs in a circle. Students were given an article from a newspaper or journal and both students and teacher would participate in an informal discussion about the topic in the article. This is a neat idea to encourage students and to bond with your students.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Wed Jun 08, 2011 11:49 AM

This teacher used Fridays to create an informal discussion session about current events in his classroom. He picked a topic related to the course he taught and explained the guidelines to the students. After the discussion a blog was set up for students to add comments. After reflecting over a year’s worth of Fridays, the author decided to reduce this event to every other Friday to revive the freshness of the format. This is an interesting new idea.

Adah Stock  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah Stock (San Antonio, TX)

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