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This I Believe: Cultivating Students' Individual Voices through Digital Storytelling and Historical Research

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This presentation was created by Larisa Showalter and Sarah Clark of Windward School for the Southern Regional Meeting of CAIS (California Association of Independent Schools) in March 2012. The …

This presentation was created by Larisa Showalter and Sarah Clark of Windward School for the Southern Regional Meeting of CAIS (California Association of Independent Schools) in March 2012. The workshop focused on how to allow students to cultivate their individual voices and to create projects that will have personal meaning while maintaining goals and skills.

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  • 1. This I Believe Cultivating Students Individual Voices through Digital Storytelling and Historical Researcha workshop for CAIS, March 2012 by Larisa Showalter and Sarah Clark, Windward School, Los Angeles
  • 2. Academic Creative and VS. Voice Personal VoiceCC photo from ibuch CC photo from Nia [so lets go!]
  • 3. Reflect on your experience as a student: 1) What is an 2) What is an assignment you assignment you remember caring remember being about or that had dreadful? personal meaning? What did you wish your teacher had done differently?CC photo from ibuch CC photo from Claudine Antonette Francisco
  • 4. Traditional Essay: Andrew CarnegieCC photo from U.S. Embassy the Hague
  • 5. 1960s and 1970s Project Skills: research using multiple sources, analysis, notetaking, and footnoting. Why students liked it: choice of topic, image; audience was entire school community http://vimeo.com/37904504
  • 6. Letter Exchange Projecthttps://sites.google.com/a/windwardschool.org/voices-from-the-past/
  • 7. Letter Exchange Project Skills: citation, multi-paragraph writing, supporting POV with evidence. Why students liked it: allowed creativity, developing the voice of a character, and they got to read and respond to the letters of their partners
  • 8. This I Believe Skills: using evidence to construct an argument Why students liked it: students got to speak in their own voice, it was spoken word, and they used a narrative with images.http://wiki.windwardschool.org/groups/thisibelieve/
  • 9. 5 Essential Questions:CC photo from Opensourceway
  • 10. 1) What is the goal of this project?CC photo from Opensourceway
  • 11. 2) What skills does this project develop?CC photo from Mediocre2010
  • 12. 3) Who is the audience for this work?CC photo from Opensourceway
  • 13. 4) What will motivate students to engage in this work?CC photo from Opensourceway
  • 14. 5) What kind of / how much freedom will students have in this project?CC photo from Opensourceway
  • 15. Finding the BalanceCC photo from Opensourceway
  • 16. Before the TuningIf you have brought a project or have one in mind- ● What are your goals for this project? Why are you dissatisfied with the project?If you are not a classroom teacher or do not have a project inmind-- ● In the role of a consultant or a trusted peer, what questions do you want to add to the “Essential Questions” listed above in order to help someone who does have a project?
  • 17. Tuning Protocol● Presenter- briefly describe your project, explain the goals, discuss your dissatisfaction with it. (3 minutes)● Trusted Peers- ask only clarifying questions about the project (3-5 minutes) ○ Clarifying questions serve only to make sure you understand the project; they are brief, factual and non-judgmental (E.g. How long does this project take? When do you tell the students to start collecting data?)● Trusted Peers- ask essential or probing questions to provoke deeper thought and further discussion. (5-10 minutes)● Presenter- think aloud about what you’ve learned and what questions remain. (3 minutes)● Repeat above for next presenter.
  • 18. Next Steps and Reflection1. What did you learn?2. What might be your next steps?
  • 19. Thank you! Download or view handout for this presentation: http://ow.ly/9siKB Find out more about Windward School: ctl.windwardschool.org www.windwardschool.org