Thursday, September 8, 2016

Eng 9 4B: Room Re-Design, Patterns & LEGO My Life

Eng 9 4B: Room Re-Design, Patterns & LEGO My Life


We started our day playing an improv game called patterns.  It is intended to get folks used to keeping track of information and learning the names of everyone in the room at the same time.  IMPORTANT GOAL.  Everyone knows everyone's names by the end of Fair Week.

We struggled just a wee bit and emerged victorious after only two efforts in our quest to complete both patterns at once.  

We'll be doing some more work next week on being okay with screw ups and foul ups and mistakes.

Classroom Re-Design.

Then we looked at the current state of affairs in the room redesign and giving some feedback using the Rose/Bud/Thorn process.

Here's a little video that explains Rose/Bud/Thorn from my friend, Dr. Lisa Abel-Palmieri, who introduced me to this bit of radness.

We circulated around the room and made observations of features and concerns that we could not see from our seats.  We noted and doodle them, shared within our groups, and then identified a key rose, bud and thorn from each group that was worth sharing.  We seem to be liking the seating arrangements (rose), we have high hopes for the design corner (bud), and we still see a lot of work to be done in terms of organizing the room -- especially the maker carts and the boxes above the closet (thorn).

From there busted out the LEGO and faced this rapid fire design challenge: How might we show something meaningful to us in LEGO?  

Folks interpreted this question literally and figuratively, which was the whole point.  For me to see what aspects of your life matter to you, while also getting a sense of how you think and express your ideas.  Somehow I managed to miss a couple of LEGO designs from the room.   I thought I captured them all.

Out of Class Work.
1-Page Writing:  Consider what you decided to make out of LEGO?  Why did you choose that of all things to create?  Why is it so important to you.
Let this piece of writing represent your best effort.  Give me a sense of your strengths and weaknesses as a writer.

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