Do you remember the classic Disney movie Mary Poppins? We may be stretching things a bit but we believe that Mary Poppins has a lot to teach us about how we should be teaching and using technology in our classrooms – if we take a little time to listen to what she has to say.
Dennis & Chris – When teachers get together and share ideas, good stuff happens. Keep it informal, conversational, meaningful. Bigger is not necessarily better.
Notes & Links
LESSON 1: A Spoonful of Sugar
“In every job that must be done there is an element of fun. You find the fun and – SNAP – the job’s a game.”
If learning is medicine, why not make learning fun? Use the technology tools available to you and design engaging assignments that your students can get excited about.
LESSON 2: Jump into a Chalk Drawing
Be creative. Let your students imagination run wild. Give them choice and provide opportunities for them to create.
LESSON 3: Chim Chim Cher-ee
Up on the roof is the chimney sweeps’ world – a world vastly different from our own, but chimney sweeps are people too. Take time to learn about, and empathize with those who come from a place or culture different from your own. You may find you have more in common than you think.
Get out. Explore. Tribes/Explorations. Collaborative projects
LESSON 4: Feed the Birds
Your students can make a difference in the world – if they’re given a chance. In the movie, Michael causes a scene at the bank when he decides he’d rather give his tuppence to the lady who feeds the birds rather than deposit it in the bank for himself. Give your students an opportunity to make a difference in their community with projects that extend beyond the classroom.
LESSON 5: Sister Suffragette
Women really were involved in history. Grit and Growth Mindset essential to success.
LESSON 6: Fidelity Fiduciary Bank
No better song to explain Capitalism and compound interest
LESSON 7: The Perfect Nanny
Shouldn’t teachers be like this, too?
“If you want this choice position
Have a cheery disposition
Rosy cheeks, no warts!
Play games, all sort
You must be kind, you must be witty
Very sweet and fairly pretty
Take us on outings, give us treats
Sing songs, bring sweets
Never be cross or cruel
Never give us castor oil or gruel
Love us as a son and daughter
And never smell of barley water
If you won’t scold and dominate us
We will never give you cause to hate us
We won’t hide your spectacles
So you can’t see
Put toads in your bed
Or pepper in your tea
Jane and Michael” (From Mary Poppins)
LESSON 8: I Love To Laugh
And you should too! How serious is your classroom? How serious are you? Laughter helps keep you healthy and should be a regular part of your day. (Laughter Therapy from NPR News) So when technology doesn’t work in your classroom, don’t freak out. Laugh about it. You’ll relieve the tension in your room and you may clear your head enough to come up with a fun alternative solution.