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Post “Big Think” Discussion Reflections/Follow-Up Questions May 2012

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Post “Big Think” Discussion Reflections/Follow-Up Questions May 2012

  1. 1. Name:__________________________________________________________ May 10, 2012 10th World Literature/Composition Media 21, Period Lester and Hamilton Post “Big Think” Discussion Reflections/Follow-Up Questions Please answer each question or series of questions as honestly and thoughtfully as you can. Please print two copies of your responses. 1. How, if at all, has your menu of reading and interest in other genres of reading changed or evolved since August? Do you find yourself more interested in nonfiction texts (memoirs, biography, autobiography, collections of letter/journals) or historical fiction? 2. Many of you mentioned that you enjoyed and appreciated having research and readings grounded in real world issues and events. Think about courses you’ve taken the last two years--- what suggestions might you have for specific courses OR subject areas to bring in more of a real world element to build better student engagement for learning? 3. What advice would you have for next year’s students to be successful in this class? Please share your insights and pearls of wisdom. 4. What advice or suggestions do you have for us as your teachers to make the learning curve gentler first semester for students? How can we make the transition to being a participatory learner who has more ownership, choice, and responsibility for his/her learning smoother for st students? Are there any tools or strategies we should emphasize more or less 1 semester? 5. What regions of the world would you be interested in exploring OR what issues would you be interested in exploring through a global lens if you could design the curriculum or units of study for an English class? 6. If you had to make a menu of learning tools or mediums for expression/composition/sharing that you think are essential, which ones would you emphasize? Please check all that apply; you may also add any comments or notes you think are helpful.  Symbaloo  Netvibes  EasyBib  Wikispaces  Prezi  VoiceThread   Wordpress (for blogging)  SweetSearch  Gale Virtual Reference Library  Academic Search Complete  Gale Opposing Viewpoints  Google News  Glogster  Gale Global Issues in Context (we hope to resume our subscription in August)  Wikipedia article evaluation  Finding an expert, writing an  Fishbowl discussions email of inquiry for an interview, and developing/conducting the interview  Other Suggestions:1 Please turn the page over to see the final questions.
  2. 2. Name:__________________________________________________________ May 10, 2012 7. You all have been immersed in an inquiry driven course that has required you to be an active participant in your learning (participatory learning) that has been collaboratively taught and facilitated by both a classroom teacher and your school librarian. A. Would you be interested in taking a course (in any subject) in which you had more choice, participation, and ownership in the topics, readings, and menu of learning activities? B. Would you be interested in courses in which the classroom teacher works more closely with the librarian for a more “immersive” learning experience? If so, which courses or subject areas do you think you’d want to target?2 Please turn the page over to see the final questions.