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Top 5 Inspiring Lesson Topics
An inspiring lesson isn’t just one that gets students listening, it’s one where students leave feeling they’ve learnt something truly valuable. But, coming up with inspiring lesson topics isn’t always easy, and that’s not even considering the whole planning process. If you’re struggling for some ideas, then don’t fret. We’ve pulled together five of our favourite inspiring lesson topics to help you bring back that spark to the classroom.
What do you want to be?
School, no matter the age, is all about preparing children and giving them the skills they need to succeed and pursue the career they want. Some children know what they want right from the off, while others may need a slight nudge in the right direction. Regardless, a lesson focusing on possible future careers can make for an inspiring lesson for all.
What makes this particular lesson great is it isn’t age restricted. If you teach in a nursery or reception, the lesson can be focused on getting a better understanding of the child's interests, as well as teaching the class about the possible jobs out there. For children in secondary school, the class can be a lot more focused on the how rather than the what.
The class should be focused on helping students understand the different pathways available to get into particular jobs, as well as what they could be doing/looking into to find out more about specific careers. If possible, bringing in guests who work in certain job sectors to talk to the class about how they got their job can be a great interactive way to inspire young people.
Did you know that more than 1 in 10 children aged 10-15 say they have no one to talk to or wouldn’t talk to anyone in school if they feel worried or sad? Did you also know that this is the same proportion of children who have a diagnosable mental health problem?
Mental health isn't going anywhere, and the longer it’s avoided as a topic in the classroom, the more your students could be suffering without your knowledge. Setting aside an hour or two to have a class on mental health could end up doing wonders for some children who may have previously not known the help that is available to them. For additional ideas, be sure to check out the teacher's area of the Mental Health Foundation website
Life skills class
School prepares you with many skills needed for adult life, but it’s often surprising how little children and students are taught ‘adult’ life skills that they will need outside of simply getting a job!
Providing your class with an hour or two to simply ask questions about various life skills (paying taxes, renting/buying a house etc) can help give your students some much-needed relief to worries they may have that fall outside of the classroom environment but are by no means not important to know.
To allow you to better prepare, it’s a good idea to get your students to write down their questions a week before. This then gives you a chance to see if there any particular areas that pop up often that you can dedicate more time towards, as well as to help prepare the answers themselves.
Helping your community
Giving back to your community can be a great way to help out your local area. Allowing students to do the same can help boost their self-esteem, confidence and give them a sense of fulfilment knowing that their work has helped shape their community.
Many young people may not volunteer because they don’t know what’s out there, meaning a lesson on the different opportunities out there can help students better decide where they may want to help out. From helping out the environment to working for a charity, a lesson focused on giving back to the community can help give your students some inspiration on what they can do to better themselves outside of the classroom.
To take it one step further, the class could be a regularly occurring event, where every several month's students can talk about their volunteering experiences to the class.
Considering multiple perspectives is an important skill for every child and student, meaning having a dedicated lesson to exploring people’s different cultures and can prove to be a great way to achieve this.
There are many different ways to approach this. A discussion based class where students talk about their own cultures is one way, although a more creative approach where students are tasked with researching a given culture can also work.