Many times teachers would like to teach at Summer Academy but get stuck coming up with a topic about what they would teach. In an effort to help in this process, we have compiled some tips as well as a list of possible topics for the upcoming session. This is not an exhaustive list, but rather a springboard. It should be noted that new courses must not repeat offerings available during the school year or duplicate existing courses at Summer Academy – a complete list can be found here.
Thoughts on Topic Selection
Think of subjects/activities/hobbies that you enjoy. Something in which you have expertise and enjoy doing/studying. These are often outside your teaching world – they are what you like to do in your spare time – the things that keep you sane and happy. It is here that great SA course material can be found.
It always works best if you have a fine fondness for the topic. Remember that all SA courses need to be interdisciplinary in content – which gives you many places to play.
If you are a secondary teacher, consider proposing a class for elementary students. You will likely enjoy the students’ brightness.
Outside of your favorite things to do or to collect or to study, you might consider proposing a course on one of the following topics below. Most of these ideas are for classes for students who have just completed grades 2-7. These are just suggestions – you will have other ideas.
|List of Possible Topics and Classes|
|Modern Fantasy (Reading & Writing)||Speech/Debate|
|Cryptology||Fibonacci & Patterns in the World|
|iPad App Creation|
|Human Body||Minnesota Animals/Ecosystem|
|Science of Sports||Veterinarian (Animal Biology/Medicine)|
|Money/Economics||Pirates – History & Culture|
|Sociology/Social Issues||United Nations (simulation & geography)|