Readings for Week 2 were thought provoking:
- First, reading the Edutopia article on ‘Using Social Media to Teach Visual Literacy in the 21st Century Classroom’ reminded me of a student lesson converting the famous Romeo and Juliet balcony scene to a WhatsApp conversation, series of tweets or instagram messages. It got students excited engaged and talking to each other (ISTE Standard #6 of a creative communicator) as they shared with the rest of the class.
- Second, the article ‘10 Strategies to Build on Student Collaboration’ greatest takeaway was to pick ‘real world problems’ and ‘clear goals’.
- Furthermore, the article ‘Diversity Toolkit: Cultural Competence’ reinforced a teacher’s important role. I think as a teacher (past) at an international school we are always aware of cultural differences and the need to be culturally inclusive in our teaching.
- My children have used DESMOS in math and the ability of a teacher to pause, discuss and answer anonymous questions is great.
- Last, the article ‘Visible Thinking Routines’ was great for learning techniques that can be incorporated into teaching immediately.
The last reading also made it easier to plan a lesson for grade 7-8 Social Studies or Humanities class.
COLLABORATIVE/STRUCTURED LEARNING ACTIVITY:
A lesson to start the ‘Human Rights’ unit for Grades 7 or 8:
- Use the following images: Image 1, Image 2 to start off a quick individual jotting session on “What do you see?” followed up by “What do you see that makes you think that?”
- Conduct a class discussion and record individual responses on poster paper that will be displayed in class.
- Show them a video What are Human Rights?
- This video will also spur them to action as ‘social justice’ is an overriding area of concern for young students.
- To identify an area that students want to delve into deeper I would like to try to have students brainstorm all the questions that they have after watching the video.
- Then as a class we will use the Question Sorting technique to formulate a horizontal continuum to assess how likely is it that a question will generate discussion and then a Vertical Continuum to ask how genuine a question is and how much do we care about them.
- From the list of vertical questions each group of 4 (teacher assigned) will choose a question and delve deeper through research. They can choose their direction of research. As a group they will conduct a 3-2-1 Activity with 3 Thoughts/Ideas, 2 Questions and 1 Analogy.
- They will conduct research.
- After this they will use the web version (30 days free trial) of Touchcast Studio for students K-12 to form a video of their group responses to the 3-2-1 activity after their research.
This lesson would focus on the ISTE standard #6 of a Creative Communicator.
Students will have a rubric to be graded emphasizing visualization, models etc. of information. I like the rubric for grades 7-8 from EdLeader21 through the Creativity Rubric.
For further enrichment this project a teacher could use her account ( I did set up one but it takes upto 4 months to be vetted by iEARN) on iEARN (International Education and Resource Network). This kind of project would fit well under and ongoing project Envision My Ideal World run by Chloe Richard, Uganda.
FURTHER READING ON THINKING ROUTINES:
The strategies for Visual Thinking also closely align with the NESA spring 2019 session in Bangkok by Clayton Filter. He is a Learning Coach a the American International School in Chennai, India. Attached below is a link to his fascinating slideshow that he presented at NESA.