My student teacher will be taking over all of my classes next week. I’ll be posting this in our hallway tomorrow:
“Most inventors and engineers I’ve met are like me — they’re shy and they live in their heads. They’re almost like artists. In fact, the very best of them are artists. And artists work best alone where they can control an invention’s design without a lot of other people designing it for marketing or some other committee. I don’t believe anything really revolutionary has ever been invented by committee. If you are that rare engineer who’s an inventor and also an artist, I’m going to give you some advice that might be hard to take. That advice is: Work alone. You’re going to best be able to design revolutionary products and features if you’re working on your own. Not on a committee. Not on a team.”
Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder of Apple
I have a confession…when I was younger I hated group work. I still do. I prefer to work alone. I prefer to stay up late working on a project after everyone else in my house has gone to sleep. I turn up my music, and let my mind relax and flow. I am actually typing this right now late at night while my house sleeps tight. I prefer to curl up with a book or movie instead of going to the movies with friends, and the last thing I want to do is to attempt to get work done in a class of 27 people shuffling, moving, and talking…especially with a teacher interrupting every 5 minutes.
On February 17 Ms. Griffiths will be taking over all 5 classes. She will be finishing the unit on Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. During that time I would like to give some students the opportunity to work “quietly.” You will have to cover the same material that the class will, but you can do it in your own unique way. You can read a historical fiction novel, spend time with documentaries, Skype with people in the region, build with Minecraft or learn and explore in countless other ways that you choose.
During the five weeks I will ask for four things. One traditional piece of argumentative writing (yah ccss!), one non-traditional method of sharing your learning (think play, poem, letter, video, painting, newspaper, finger puppet show, growing a potato that looks like Cuba, etc), something “revolutionary” that you can share with a wider audience, and keep a daily log of what you are doing including your notes, ideas, and sources. Each day you would work in the the 2 Floors Up room or the library. On Monday’s and Wednesdays we will meet for a quick check-in, and on Friday’s for an extended chat on how it’s going.
Maybe you don’t have any precise ideas, but are interested in learning how to make videos, skype with people, write a song, write a play, or create a website. Bring me your ideas and we will make them happen.
If this sounds like something you would be interested in,
please speak to me…quietly ; )
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