Well here we are at the end of our first week of school. Our most excellent MPX 9 team (John, Bob, Chris and myself) had decided back in July to start the year with a small scale project that would have the students look at societal conflict through a role playing simulation. It would give them a chance to experience a mini form of a project, lets us scaffold some of the baseline agreements we need (group norms, reflective blogging, storytelling, etc) and have a product in time for Back to school night on August 24 for our parents.
After some opening activities with students getting to know each other and us, we jumped into a group problem solving activity to have them work together and start thinking of what effective groups have in common. The students set up their blogs and other tools like Showbie to allow us to have a class workflow.
By the second day of class they were into the societal conflict simulation and were also developing norms for group work and reflective blogs. Chris Falk and I ran class together and it was a lot of fun having all 42 students in class together!
Since we wanted students to work with video for the project, we had them do a STEM challenge of building a bridge with popsicle sticks so they could capture video and images to create a short movie.
They made a quick video trailer
to practice creating video. Our excellent video storytelling teacher, Lance Iwamoto dropped in to give the kids some of the secrets of create quality video stories. He included showing some of his students’ award winning Hiki No videos like this
The Students finished the week planning a bit for their videos they will be making next week and reflecting on their learning from the week.
We are off to the races! We are excited about the great work the students will do this year.