Thanks to Stacey, Tara, Dana, Beth, Anna and Betsy and all this blogging community for the Tuesday Slice of Life! Looking forward to the SOLSC, and this time with my class!
I'm one of the concierges for the Classroom Slice of Life, with Margaret Simon of Reflections on The Teche. Please ask questions if you need help! I'm getting ready, my assistant at JK's Slice of Life (first time slicing today), my students are, too and my colleague, Max, of Teaching From Behind. We.Are.Excited! I hope you are, too, and will join us! My students would love to connect with yours. We're in Denver, Colorado, happy to meet others all over the world!
My time this week will be filled with questions because students are selecting their new units for the rest of the year. My school supports each student in choosing a specific unit (oldest students choose more) and the teacher builds the curriculum for that student around the choice. Today we began. We not only work on content and great questions, but interesting and innovative products in which to communicate our answers. The big questions from me: What will you ask of your topic? And what product type might you want to practice/learn about?
Here are some topics I asked questions about today, questions like "Will you explain what you mean by your words? Will you divide this part into smaller parts? Why is this particular topic important to you? Many were being considered, and except for the beginning of the day, explaining some writing and art assignments, starting two writing groups, that is what I did for the day. I questioned the thinking of why the particular path is chosen, where else to explore, what has surprised so far. Some of the topics students are exploring to see if they'll be interesting are miniatures, ISIS and its origins, sketching, cultural stereotypes, French cuisine, quantum physics (gulp), cultural aspects of May Day and other May holidays, graphic art, conspiracy theories, and on. Sometimes I have to do my own research in order to help the student begin with a broad background. It may sound daunting, but my job is to facilitate, not teach the subject. The student has to do most of the work.
This is rather what it felt like today:
It was a great day, a good beginning...
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