Today the students were placed into their teams. I was happy with how they approached the task at hand (team name etc). These students are a fairly collaborative group and my decision to let them sit outside to work on this task proved a good one – sunny days always help!
Rationale for the outside experience!:
- Alleviate any possible angst felt due to students not having control over who was in their group.
- Lessen the impact of a general classroom hierachy by using the extra space of an outside environment to “isolate” each group, thereby encouraging the establishment of small group norms.
- Encourage students to focus on each other (and the task at hand) and not what other groups may or may not be doing.
Unfortunately, setting up the groups and supporting this initial “settling in” phase prevented me from the workshop idea mentioned in yesterday’s blog. Oh well, there is always next week!
Oh yes, the class have set me a task! More on that later, but I am making them think how best I can learn, how I should be assessed and what needs to be done to make the experience worthwhile and meaningful for me. Opinion is divided in the class as to how strict to be with me!!! But as I said – more on that later!