When Scott came in, I didn’t know what to expect. After reading the pages we were asked to read, I was curious about how he was going to include an activity or what the discussion was going to be about. I was also wondering how to incorporate the lessons he will teach into different content areas.
We were asked to write down a few answers to simple open-ended questions with no right answer. As I wrote down my answers I kept looking for the way he would turn this into a lesson or attach it to his points. The group-sharing was, like normal, relaxing and thoughtful. I remembered things about myself and my home. It was a good activity that did eventually tie into what he was presenting.
Each student will learn differently and will find different subject matter interesting. One student might enjoy writing poetry while another student would rather write findings to a scientific research study. It is important to leave the subject matter open-ended, like the questions, to allow all of the students to become interested.
I have been struggling to find potential field trips for an english class or project that will keep the students moving around. Which brings me to another point that Scott made. Students sit for hours on end in multiple different classrooms. They will get antsy and squirrely and will need a break from sitting. So it brought up the question, how will I get students to move around the classroom? Honestly, I have thought of multiple ways to get students moving, but none of them are field trips. That is okay, because most students just want to move around, create something they are interested in, and have something to show for the work that they contributed.
It was nice to hear Scott talk, and I look forward to his class in the second half of this semester.