Sunday, November 13, 2011

Working Backwards

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. 


Cara said...

Like you, my group was just throwing out ideas and it was difficult to figure out what fits in where. We have changed our lessons countless times because someone will walk into a meeting and have some great ideas. I think it's great how your group started out with essential questions and developed your lesson from there. My group took the opposite approach, but I think the way you did it was the smart way. I am really looking forward to being part of your lesson!

Arlen said...

Anne, I hope you enjoy The Importance of Being Earnest. Its such a good comedy that I wish we could have watched it as a class, but thats the drawback of time constraints. You ask good questions about how everything will work. At this point, our group has a lot of time in the planning and I think still struggle with that question.