What has Humanities been up to?
Last week, we made human alphabets as a team work exercise before digging into Speak work. If only my camera had been working . .
What Happened on Monday?
Monday, we started a discussion of cliques at Mt. Blue Campus. They are prevalent in Speak’s Merriweather High. It makes one wonder how much a MBC student can relate. (We also tried to put in some time on No Red Ink but the internet was being fickle.)
We put a list of possible cliques at MBC up on a Google doc. You can access it here. You may not agree with everything here. However, we did use a thumbs up/side/down poll and the vast majority in the room believes this list has credibility.
After discussing the cliques, we did an improv game called, “Rhythm” and then another called “Hive Mind.” We formed an oval and went around the oval three times.
Hive Mind Thinking Warm Up
- 1st Round: A word or two that remind you of MBC
- 2nd Round: A word or phrase that reminds you of MBC
- 3rd Round: A sentence you hear almost every day at MBC
After that Hive Mind experience, we broke into teams. Teams worked on Speak Section 3 . Mr. Dunbar and I met with each group as well and ran through a second Hive Mind, this time asking for ideas from Speak. The intention here was to see what ideas are sticking with you as you read, what carries over, and whom among you is reading to remember and understand, and who is reading to get the assignment done.
What is Going to Happen on Wednesday?
We will give No Red Ink another shot. Be prepared. It will be a quiz.
Then we practice Hive Mind thinking again. It will be a different angle, but related to the work we did on Monday.
After that, we will be looking at our clique list and then creating Venn Diagram models that show how these different cliques overlap at MBC. But these Venn Diagrams won’t be made just with a computer. They will be made with stuff, with people, and with your imaginations.
The figure here on the left shows one person’s way of defining the difference between these different groups, cliques and definitions of those groups.
There are some other way to think about how Venn Diagrams can show information.
You’ll have some time to work on these diagrams and be expected to share your work on your blog.