Happy Friday, Everyone! Hope you have exciting (or relaxing) plans for Columbus Day Weekend! Even though I’ve been out of the classroom for a few years, I well remember how welcome this early fall break is!
Once again, it’s been some time since I posted to this blog. I really hope to be more consistent in posting in the future and to help keep me on track I’m setting a goal for myself to share a FACSessorize idea with you each Friday. Unless you’ve attended a conference where I presented a workshop on FACSessorizing (my original word, BTW) you are probably a little confused right now. Read on to see what FACSessorize is all about.
FACSessorize (Faks’ses oriz) v.
1. To add value to the basic content of a Family Consumer Science lesson. 2. To make lesson content more memorable through the use of music, technology and other devices.
Planning a lesson should be like planning an outfit. You begin with the basics: Lesson topic, Standards, Outcomes, Objectives, Instructional Strategies, Review and the Evaluation Process. But how do you make that lesson memorable? What do you do to help students retain the concepts from the lesson? In other words, how do you “accessorize” your lesson to set it apart from the ordinary? How do you make it memorable?
Ways to FACSessorize the basic FACS lesson:
• Intriguing, funny or fantastic facts (Fascinating FACS)
• Share statistics/numerical facts that dramatize the importance of lesson content (FACS By Numbers)
• Holidays, dates and special events that relate to lesson content. (Celebrate Today)
• Inspiring or amusing quotes (In So Many Words)
• Build FACS vocabulary (FACS Speak )
• Online resources, activities and video clips (Quick Links)
• Starter activities introducing or applying lesson concepts. (Focus On FACS)
• Profiles of people, events or products related to FACS (Historical FACS/Pop Culture)
• Adding music (FACS Soundtrack)
When planning an outfit for everyday or a special occasion, you choose your accessories with care and discretion. You likely wouldn’t select a necklace, earrings, bracelet, scarf, belt, bag and sparkly hair accessories for a trip to the mall. Too many accessories can be distracting and demonstrate a lack of fashion sense. You select your accessories to enhance and complement your outfit. The same principles apply when you select “FACSessories” for your lessons. You will want to select FACSessories that expand and enhance lesson content without overshadowing your primary objectives.
I will be releasing FACSessorize!, our latest resource for FACS teachers in January. The goal of FACSessorize! is to provide FACS teachers with a ready reference of FACSessories so that it’s easy to make every session with students fabulous and memorable! FACSessorize! will be a topical reference based on 350 foundational FACS lesson topics from all content areas. Check back on this blog and the Fresh FACS Facebook page each Friday for FACSessories that you can use now for free!