Attack of the Sitting Dead
Back to the Sitting Dead session. The two amazing presenters identified the issue, gave some comedic relief, I have to say these two are very entertaining and provided ideas for change. Well let's go beyond that - they didn't just provide ideas they provided us opportunities to experience the activities. I know I won't be able to include all of the activities, but there were a couple that stood out.
1. The snowball fight- they had us write something on a paper crumble it up and then throw it at someone else I mean across the room. We were then instructed to pick up the paper, look at what was written and discuss with someone standing near us. Notice in this activity we were standing, throwing, moving to partner up. After discussing with the first person we crumpled up the paper and threw it again to repeat the process. I think they asked us something like what we dislike about PD, or what we would change about PD, and this sparked some good conversation.
2. The Walk About - I don't remember if this is what they called it, but that is what we did. They posed another question or topic and had us walk around bloggers cafe discussing the topic with the people around us. I went into the session not knowing anyone and grouped up with people I had never met. I like this activity because it takes an activity we normally do- think pair share, elbow partners, or other group discussion strategy, and forces movement. In your school you could have students walk around a prescribed path through the hallways and when they return to class they should be ready to share. For younger students this could be walk around within the classroom to help maintain their focus.
Q1 How do you avoid the walking dead in your classroom or PD sessions? How do you incorporate movement?
Q2 How do you generate discussion in your classroom - meaningful discussion not just answering questions?
Q3 What are you going to commit to changing in your practice to provide movement and activity for students throughout their day?
The Apocalypse has occurred!
I work with technology everyday and it is integral in my job, in fact it is part of my job title - Technology Integrator. Without technology I would just be an integrator, but an integrator of what? Hopefully of the ideas of Teach Like a Pirate, best practices that engage kids with or without technology. So the challenge in this section is to engage students without the use of technology.
Q4 How would the lack of technology impact your PD learning and your classroom practice? How would you continue to engage ss?
Q5 Take a unit or lesson that you infuse technology - your best example- and how would you have to re-envision that to still be awesome without tech?
Q6 The power comes back on- what would be the first tech tool or tech activity you would go to? Why?
Q7. What is one example of a great lesson, activity or learning experience you have seen or been a part of this year?
Q8. What is something you are thankful for right now? This could be personal or professional -
Q9. Relationship building- what is one or some example(s) of positive relationships you have forged this year? The student who said thank you and beyond!