Thanks to Kevin for another great installment in our Teacher Ideas series. (Submissions welcome!) Read his account of generating interesting themes for his Saturday classes.
Themes Of Interest, by Kevin Lathrop
Students learn the best - quickest, most efficiently - when the content of the class is interesting. Of course, everyone varies in what themes they find of interest. An instructor of mine in graduate school counseled that in the search for effective materials the best resource is students themselves. In my Level 4 Saturday course, I asked students to choose from among their own stories those they found the most interesting and then to identify the themes.