Humanities: Conferencing & Thinking Continue

Tuesday, October 23rd was a chance to meet one-on-one with Mr. Ryder and Mr. Dunbar, as well as develop even more ideas to include in revised closing arguments.

After learning about Noredink.com yesterday, today folks had more time to explore it as well as Quizlet.  These are very cool places that can provide a lot of opportunity to customize exactly what and how one learns this particular material.

When not digging into one of those two sites, students were working with Ms. Perkins and Ms. Clark on a reading activity and completing a GIST.

And when not doing any of the above, students were having one-on-one conferences with Mr. Dunbar and Mr. Ryder to talk over the first quarter and what the next week or so needs to look like for each individual.

9 CPI: Project Based Learning — It Begins . . .

Tuesday, October 23rd we started to change things up from the norm.

Everything started as it normally does: attendance, PrimeTime, some work on Quizlet.  Wait . . . what was that?  Yes.  Roots work on Quizlet, an online flash card site where students can take quizzes and play games custom-designed to help you learn the roots.

After that we went outside and took a look at some junk beside the recycling shed.  We thought of projects we could do with the junk: broken desks, chairs, old mops, a wooden palate, some busted concrete.  (The best idea of the two classes might have been “redneck Transformer.”)

Then we went inside and watch some video about Project-Based Learning (PBL)

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And this lead to a discussion of what school has been like and what it could be.

Finally, we took a look at West Virginia’s PBL site and the projects students are doing in schools there.

Already folks are thinking about building cars, computers, creating audio tributes, doing something with food, something with music, and something with art.

Next class, we formulate ideas and take a serious look at the process necessary to get this underway.