The illustrious Group #3 is planning a very fun and enriching experience for you all on November 30! As Becky said in an earlier blog post, we don’t want to give anything away, but we are having fun planning it, we hope you all enjoy it and learn from it, and we’ll be looking forward to your feedback.
Our group met before class on Wednesday to hash out some details. We had a lot of good ideas but they were unfocused and raised a lot of questions. We kept asking each other things like, but how is that going to work? Where does that fit in? When we realized we had problems fitting our ideas together and having them make sense, we decided to work backwards.
“What do we want everyone to get out of this?” we asked ourselves. “When our lesson is over, what should they know or should have accomplished?”
We began to make a list of potential essential questions. When we had three solid questions, Melissa said, “I wish there was a way to turn these into one question.”
So we threw out more potential sentence that combined the ideas, and I think we came up with a winner.
It’s exciting to plan lessons – it allows us to put all the skills we’ve been learning to use in a practical way, and allows us freedom for creativity. Having the freedom to create is one of the main reasons I'm enjoying being a teacher.
I'm also excited to see what the other groups have come up with. I have started Group #1’s homework and have secured a digital copy of The Importance of Being Earnest.