An anthropology professor at Kansas State University (USA), Mike Wesch has shared some of the most valuable examples of teaching innovatively to large classes, using social media, and practicing "real world" student-centered projects.
Watch this video as he explains what he applies to learning from watching his baby son learn how to walk down the stairs
Wesch tells his students:
I don't want you to do have to do stuff just to get it done. I want you to do stuff and you are like "That was awesome. I want to keep doing that"
He does this in the video, while talking in front of a class doing a hand stand, something he had told himself he could not do. Until he tried. Again and again.
How can your lessons be something more for students than an exercise "to get it done"?
See more valuable work by Mike Wesch at his Teaching Notebook site