Voice and Choice was my favorite class I taught this week because not only was this my idea for a class but it's a topic I feel very strongly about. The class started out with me giving the participants a link to Today's Meet where they shared ways they give the students in the classroom voice and choice. We spent some time discussing this and feeding off each others information shared. The participants then had three videos and three links they were given, and had to pick at least 2 videos to watch and one article they had to read, jotting down thoughts as they went through this. We then talked about the videos and articles and discussed various topics from the video comparing those to what they already do in their classrooms. Some of the topics that were introduced to the participants were:
- Co - Design
- Co - Constructors
- Choice Boards
- Personalized Learning Environment
- 5 W's of Voice and Choice
- Voice & Choice in Blended Learning
- Voice & Choice in PBL
The participants were required to pick a standard and design a lesson that involved more voice and choice by giving the students a choice board. Participants had to create a choice board for the students summative piece as well as the rubric that would be used for this project. While working we talked a lot of the design of a choice board as well as the fact that the rubric needed to be able to cover each item on the choice board (focusing more on whether the students showed they have knowledge on the concept and less on the specific tools). I think it was a very eye opening class for the participants and I can only hope they take a little of what they learned back to their classrooms for implementation!
Last night was my former school's Cultural Art Show and being that I'm still very close with many of the teachers there and the art teacher happens to be my best friend I got to help out with the event! I've done this now for three years and every year it amazes me the talent that the students at GIS have, from the paintings and drawings they do to the music they sing and play it's unreal. Kudos to Amanda and Emily as they put a wonderful event together each year full of over 800 pieces of student work and kids who knock the rough off with their musical talent. I also love that the Journey North butterfly tradition has continued, maybe not as much but it's still continuing! Fourth grade students in science and reading are learning each year about the Monarch butterflies and their habitat and putting what they learned into practice in the Art Room! Hopefully one day they'll put what they've learned into creating the habitat in the land lab. I was able to get a few pictures!