Friday, September 18, 2009

Week one of a new year...

It’s always kinda amazing how fast summer seems to fly by, but I was excited and ready to be getting back to school this year.

Our first week back is usually about introductions and group projects; really focusing on orienting students around the idea of our class being a community and going about work collaboratively.

We have two sites this first quarter: Longfellow, and Hamilton. Both schools are going to be following the same curriculum, as we are hoping to find means for the students - most likely online - to exchange ideas and compare their approaches to the projects.

The first project we jumped into this week were group murals. We do this by having students work collaboratively, in big groups, on large sheets of paper - rolling paper that is used for packaging is typically what we will use. Thematically, we asked students to first think about all the types of things they knew how to do, asking them to make a list even, for fun. Then, collaboratively, we asked them to depict those things on their mural, ideally showing how they could put their talents together. Overall, it went over pretty well - especially for their first activity since coming back!

Next up was the flower pot project - symbolically us ‘growing things together’ - it’s always popular. The kids like drawing on the pots, it’s a fun collaborative effort. We asked them to depict images of ecosystems, one of two words we learned, or ways that they could help their community. Younger students focused on doing a drawing of any type together.

Overall, a great start to the year - we are very excited about jumping into the projects we have planned for the weeks ahead!

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