Mid-Challenge Reflection

Monday 10/30/2017 – OPENING – 25 minutes

An important part of any challenge – any learning, really – is reflection. Taking the time to think about what you did, how well it worked, or didn’t, and what you might do again, or do differently, in the future. Afterall, why wouldn’t we want to keep doing the things that help us and stop doing the things that hurt us?

So let’s begin today with some reflection about last week. You had 4 specific things due last week, and all of them are CRITICAL to your success in this challenge. They were…

  1. A map of your typical day.
  2. Answers to GQs 2-17 (answers that needed to reflect your learning from the Guiding Resources provided).
  3. A bubble diagram for your ‘Map Your World’ map.
  4. A set of rough maps, one for each space included on your bubble diagram, which are, in essence, the rough draft of your ‘Map Your World’ map.

So let’s talk about how you did. We’ll do a restorative circle, minus the circle, for this reflection. I’ll pose questions which each of you will answer based on your experience.

  1. Did you like having flexibility in where you worked, what you chose to work on, in what order, and with whom? Explain…
  2. Do you think that flexibility affected the quality of your work – that is, did WHERE you worked affect HOW you worked (remember our EQ)?

LESSON – 20 minutes

Where are you?

So we’ve talked about all the things we needed to complete last week. Naturally, if you failed to do that, you have significant work to do this week. Just so you know, I will not be accepting your final “Map Your World’ map unless I have received your Bubble Diagram, your Rough Maps and your answers to all GQs at least 1 day prior to your map.

Remember, process over product. The goal is not to just finish…it’s to engage in a process where growth and learning naturally occur.

This Week’s Plan

Our focus this week is on 4 key things…

  1. Completing the rest of the GQs (18 thru 22).
  2. Coming up with 3-5 GQs of your own, including the Guiding Resources and Guiding Activities you accessed to answer them, as well as the actual answers to them.
    • Please keep in mind, these GQs, etc should be in service to deeper learning/understanding about the Big Idea, the EQ and, ultimately, the Challenge itself.
  3. Revising and expanding on your rough maps to create the “Map Your World” map…
    • To complete the Challenge, “Map Your World”, you are going to be putting the maps of the different spaces that make up your world, together.
    • So your revision work this week is about clearly defining what those spaces look like and how they connect to each other.
  4. Presenting our Maps in small groups
    • Thursday will start with a reflection and finish with presentations.
    • If you have not completed your challenge at that point, you will present what you have.
Maps…

For the rough maps, many of you simply drew pictures that represent the spaces that make up your world. That’s a great start. But the goal here – and one of the things I’m assessing for – is to be able to identify the spatial relationships between the things that make up your world. Drawing 5 smiling people is effective in communicating an idea (family), but it does not address the connections between your family and the other things that make up your world.

I know this is a tough concept, and it will be nearly impossible if you haven’t read through ALL of the resources provided on the Guiding Questions document. But just know that effort here will be rewarded. If all you do is draw representative pictures, your grade will reflect  this as a low level attempt at understanding. However, if you attempt to represent your world spatially, to show where these spaces exist and how they are connected, your grade will reflect that effort.

Homework

You don’t have specific homework, however, as stated last week, this nano-challenge is a pretty big deal as it is your first real chance to engage in the Challenge Based Learning framework. If you need additional time beyond our class time to complete this work, I strongly recommend you consider doing some work at home.

Quote of the Week

“Everyone who is doing important work is working on something that might not work.”

Seth Godin

This Week’s Agenda

Monday

Warmup:
Reflection – a non-circular restorative circle

Lesson:
Review the week ahead, and expectations around the completed challenge

Tuesday

Warmup:
None.

Lesson:
Working on your nano-challenge.

Wednesday

Warmup:
None.

Lesson:
Working on your nano-challenge.

Thursday

Warmup:
Reflection.

Lesson:
Presenting your completed MYW map to your peers.

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