Tuesday, December 05, 2006
[TIPS] Smith's 9th Honors Class Blog: Period 2 This I Believe...
Here's a reality check for those who struggle with getting freshman kids to write anything meaningful. Perhaps you're asking them the wrong questions. Take this example: http://annesmith9h.blogspot.com/2006/11/period-2-this-i-believe.html Oh... sorry.. it's a blog. You probably can't read it at school. But if you could you'd hear this 9th grade class speaking their, "This I Believe" papers. Can someone please tell me what's wrong with an assignment like this? There must be something wrong or our schools wouldn't be stopping it.
From the site: "What is so intriguing to me about this assignment is that these kids wanted to not just complete it, but to share the things they believed in with the world. They wanted to be in-charge of letting others hear what is important to them, what mattered to them."
When you can, give this a listen. Make sure you listen to Shauna M's podcast. What a wonderful perspective from a 14 yr old. Oh, you may remember Karl Fisch, the "Did You Know" guy. This teacher is in his school district. Progressive district, is it not? THEY'RE in the race. Are YOUR students?