You don’t have to convince me that PBS is awesome. I totally knew that already. So, when I was reading a blog post about great online resources for teachers, I wasn’t at all surprised to find PBS on the list.
What did surprise me? The number of resources that PBS has compiled for teachers. There are hundreds of great in-class activity ideas for all subject areas and grade levels. Have a look over on PBS Teachers.
For example, when I start my teaching placement in October, I will be with a Grade 9 Math class, probably working through the Measurement unit. PBS, of course, has some great ideas. After the concept of volume gets covered, how about having the students work through an activity that involves estimating the amount of money that can fit in a certain suitcase? Just provide the students with a stack of ‘$5 bills’ (ie. paper cut out in the correct dimensions), a ruler and a suitcase. Or, have the students pretend to be Archimedes and use an interactive app that lets you estimate an upper and lower bound on pi. There are tons of ideas. And, so far, I’ve only looked at the math section.
I highly recommend taking a look. Especially now that all of us teacher candidates are up to our eyeballs in lesson plans.