Wednesday, August 28, 2013

AP Lit: Welcome Back to the Start

We return from summer break with a renewed energy & fervour for learning! (I'm so excited I turned British over it!)

Thursday & Friday, August 29 & 30, we dive headlong into our summer projects.  Three to four folks at a time will take up positions in the corners of the room.  The rest of the class will divide & rotate through each "station," following the Critical Circles Protocol I've shared with folks here:  Critical Circles Protocol.

Preview of Critical Circles Protocol
From here we will do a few community building activities -- two quick ones and start a much more involved process: designing our space.

Each of the above will provide us an opportunity to dive into DESIGN THINKING, a human-centered way of approaching problem solving and creating.

Over the next couple of weeks we'll be exploring the ideas presented by David Kelley's IDEO, Stanford d.School & Mary Cantwell's DEEP Design Thinking.

For today though, we will be taking a page from Jillian Hinesley's work and shaping our learning space.  We will follow the "See, Think, Wonder" learning routine.

John Stuart Mill: Huge Fantasy Football Nerd.

Each of my classes will be doing this and we will follow a process to choose the best of the best ideas to create a John Stuart Mill room, achieving the greatest good for the greatest number of students.  We'll be collecting observations of our space's use, assessing its form and function, and revisiting the designs later in the year.

I don't want to give every little nook & cranny away, but that's what will drive our first day.

And since you all worked so hard this summer -- or at least these past few days -- you have a three-day weekend to unwind and reset for our AP Lit Design Thinking/Literary Analysis & Composition Boot Camp arriving next Tuesday & Wednesday.

Don't forget: Designer Starter Kits!  Get them in ASAP!

All Classes: "Harlem" by Langston Hughes

Something to consider on August 28, 2013, 50 years after MLK's "I Have a Dream Speech" & the March on Washington
You can read more of Hughes' poetry & writing here: Langston Hughes' "Harlem" @ Poetry Foundation