Academic and Technological Literacy
|A quick sample I made|
Students came in and seats were rearranged in pairs. I discussed the activity in more detail here, but it is a HUGE winner for me. Students peer review one another, they get tons of practice in, and I can monitor the class and make notes of who needs help individually or what class wide mistakes are being made.
|A screenshot from a student's video|
We didn't do anything fancy (just Windows Movie Maker and screengrabs), but students really enjoyed making a video instead of writing. And the pop culture references made it stick more for them (plus we watched some of the best videos in class reinforcing these ideas).
Due to some unfortunate scheduling, my students were on their own for most of Civil Disobedience. I had the chance to read the text with them and annotate, and then I had a series of professional development events to attend. I needed something I could give to them with a sub.
I wanted it to be more than just basic comprehension, so I created a menu like assignment. The assignment covered activities regarding the author, the content, and an extension. Students did a GREAT job with very little guidance from me (I was available via e-mail). The end products were creative, and I am happy to say this is one of the transcendental texts they seemed to understand the most (based on tests). The full assignment is $1 (what a deal!) and includes options like making a comic strip or resume.
So there we go! The four lessons of 2015 that I will definitely keep. Check out the linky here for what other high school and middle teachers think they rocked in 2015 and see you next year!