I’m starting to narrow down what I want my final make to be. I’ve blogged a lot about documentaries and there is one in particular that I watched from my other grad class that I want to integrate into my curriculum.
As for my #s6s, I drew a lot from the Wednesday discussion for ideas I enjoyed. One of the important things this class emphasizes, at least for me, is honest discussion with the right focus. That open discussion and the opportunity to experiment and explore can lead to some really great things. With that in mind, I’m searching for opportunities/tools to do just that in this post:
- I loved the idea of kids in the class giving advice to those who will be in the class for next year through a short video (I think Lizzy shared that one).
- The activity Christina started the meeting off with was also great. The idea of each member generating ideas before the class focused down on particular ones of interest is certainly worth using.
- The activity above also reminded me of an activity that was introduced to me in my 2nd year of teaching. I’ve just called it the questioning method but it works in the same way. The teacher provides a prompt that offers a situation. Each student is given a certain amount of time to generate as many questions as possible (the emphasis is on generating lots of ideas instead of filtering them for quality). Next, they are provided with a little more time to pick the 3 questions they like the best. Afterwards, they partner up with 2 other people and share all of their 3 questions before deciding on 3 for the entire group. You can continue to combine groups in this way depending on how many questions you want. I always like to do this before starting a unit, and it’s great to see some of these questions being answered as we go organically and others creating new opportunities of study that wouldn’t be present otherwise.
- The “yes and” premise also had me flashing back to my public speaking class in high school. I love the idea of building off of each other, it created a great positive sense of collaboration and support.
- Some of the discussion from this class (and especially the Wednesday meeting) have me considering things I use in the classroom and how I could adapt them to be easier with technology use. The discussion of homework being accessible also had me considering my introspective journal assignment I do with every class a few times per quarter. I think it would be just as beneficial if next year I provided a second option that’s the same but done through a blog. I would be curious to see how many students choose each one when given the choice. The opportunity for introspection and reflection is also another strength of this class and something I certainly value.
- Introspection is also a core value of the Outward Bound Program and something I loved from that that I have adapted is letter writing. The last night of Outward Bound we wrote a letter to ourselves (that was mailed 6 months later). I use this idea by having my 10th and 11th graders write letters that they won’t get until they are about to graduate.
- Connecting to 2 and 3, this was shared with me by one of poetry club students from her AP Literature class. I haven’t tested the idea in the classroom yet but I love the idea (and it went well when we tested it out in poetry club).