“Vegas isn’t sparkle-for—sparkle’s sake. It reinforces not just academics generally but on of the day’s learning objectives.”
KEY IDEA: The Vegas is the sparkle, the moment during class when you might observe some production values: music, lights, rhythm, dancing. Vegas draws students into a little bit of magic.
Design principles of Vegas:
- Production values. Performers vary their tone and pace, occasionally whispering for emphasis, later speaking in a booming voice, sometimes speaking very slowly, sometimes racing along.
- Like a faucet. “It has to be like a faucet. You turn it on, then you turn it off.”
- Same objective. Always has a specific learning objective and should have the same objective as the lesson or, at its most daring, review previously mastered but related content.
- Chorus line. Everyone has to know the rules.
- On point. Must be vigilantly managed so that as soon as it is off-point, it is immediately corrected and standards of excellent are reinforced.
From Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemove (Jossey Bass, 2010)