Day 4 (of 184)
Today I got to talk to my students about what we were going to do differently this year.
Now I do have a looped class so many in the room were ready to go. We discussed that our genius hour was continuing this year (much to their excitement) with some good questions by my newbies: being able to spend time each week learning about ANYTHING was a shift in some of their thinking.
So I didn’t overwhelm them by describing descriptive feedback…yet.
And then we got to talk about and do a practice session on something I am very excited about:
Self organized learning environments came to me via Sugata Mitra ( @sugatam ) and his work (google his Ted talk – my class will be seeing it next week) and more specifically his book “Beyond the Hole in the Wall”.
I am having students organizing themselves into groups and doing some learning focused on a key question/learning outcome. Any group size. Any way they want to share out their info, but we are goi g with:
One hour of researching/learning etc
10-15 minutes of synthesizing their info into a report/presentation – any format but we need to be able to archive it for our eportfolios.
10-15 minutes for groups to report out on.
Today’s question was on BC – when how and why did it become part of Canada.
Key learning – we only had half an hour to do the searching for learning and that wasn’t enough. Looking forward to seeing how an hour goes for next weeks question. Our weekly Query will be posted via twitter on both my feed ( @technolandy ) and my schools feed ( @sorrento83 ) so that (hopefully) the question an be continued to be explored by my entire learning community as ‘homework’.