I was creating a lesson plan this week for my block class on human diversity and I figured something out. I thought I had a great idea for a lesson where I would read this great poem and have my “students” (fellow block classmates) do . . . something. That was where the trouble hit. I could not think of something for my students to do afterwards. No matter what I thought of, nothing seemed to work or make sense. I was in a state like good old Captain Jack Sparrow and pencil lady here:
And then, I was sitting at work at the public library and got bored enough to start browsing through the children’s books. That is when I found the book Brown is Black is Tan by Arnold Adoff. This book was the first book to feature an interracial family.
Because of this book, inspiration struck me. And I threw away my previous idea for a lesson that I had been struggling with. I decided to teach multiculturalism through the use of children’s, junior’s, and young adult’s books. And the lesson plan practically wrote itself.
What I learned this week is that it is okay for me to ditch an idea if the idea is not working for what I am trying to teach. Basically, I accepted my failure to create my first lesson and come up with a lesson I was more comfortable with. I also learned that inspiration can come from anywhere. 🙂