Day 3; Perception walk
- materials: reporters note book or marble notebook
- walk, stop, percieve, record, sketch
I wanna be a better teacher :-) dryggirl.com/msdrygteaches.swf
I don't know what I've been doing to keep me from posting...let's see;
I've known this, but hesitated, if I want engagement I have to be engaged. If I ask them to do something I have t0 do it with them. Much of my frustation with their bad manors, poor group ettiquette, and general teen bellyaching, has been relieved by simply putting more into our time together myself. We sit in a circle in my beautiful Yoga ZONE space. We did a couple pages from our College Board (CB) college planning guide workbook regarding how our choices indicate our values, how things we are good at and like lead us towards career exploration. This led to a discussion of family, and in particular sisterhood, since the results showed that the group valued: family, friends, entertainment, and fashion(shopping).
Thursday we went down to the Queens Child Guidance Center room in the basement at IS25, our campus, to look at it as a loction for our projects. All three groups want to use it of course. So I am working on setting up a schedule with teh counselor down there to send them down independently by group for a rehearsal day and shoot day. Thay are doing great, directing themselves to learn.
We got 24 G5 imacs and 30 mac book's this week...I haven't finished inventorying last weeks camera delivery! I'm playing sround with flickr now becuase I want to get those little moo calling cards, so cute. I like the macbook screen, very shiny...the remote control has a magnet by which it hangs on the monitor for both th eiMac and macbook, not like we'll be putting them out for class use...OK, what to do first, next, ...
... and editing the rough draft script. The kids think they're done, they did it once, have thier plan, are ready to go, they think. They probably are, they could make it happen now, but ai want them to learn about thorough planning and preparation. Also, the laptops arrived today, (someone along the way thought the security cart might bounce, it doesn't and we've got them in low security lockdown overnight) so the kids will get to go right into editing with iMovie and the writers and recorders can start doing that soon in class. Shooting script sample.
We sat in a circle and each girl responded to this inquiry: "Describe something that you chose to do this weekend and what that choice tells us about what you value." Several girls did family gatherings, some shopped, several went to the movies to see "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", and one girl admitted to being a bad babysitter for her two year old sister. It was a good session. I realize that I need to be fully involved if I want this kind of bonding to happen, otherwise the girls will separate into cliques and not focus themselves, yet...I notice this because in my other classes I am learning to guide them into self-directed inquiry and learning habits.
There was a great moment for me involving a student last Friday.
Our media equipment came in and the electricians are still working where the computers are supposed to be installed next week, my program changed again, and tomorrow we have a field trip. One or two girls in advisory have had high drama crying episodes to try and get us not to call there mommies about some inappropriate boy-related behaviors. Two of my 7th grade boys almost had a fist fight over something silly, well silly to me.