Campfire Lesson 3

Campfire, Lesson 3

Tuesday 3/21/18


Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Use questioning techniques to effectively engage with partners (and others)
  2. Recognize media bias
  3. Develop a broadened understanding of their partners by looking at and commenting on #Everydaylife pictures
  4. Navigate the GNG Connect system and develop a habit of checking for partner’s posts

Do Now – 10 minutes

Wednesday

  1. Computers on and logged in to GNG Connect
  2. Post community pictures in the #EverydayLife section. Be sure to include a clear description of what it is and why you’re including it.

Thursday

  1. Notebooks out, open to page 30. Take 5 minutes to write a brief summary of yesterday’s article about the Skeikh’s plan to change how people talk about people with disabilities. Just try to capture the main ideas in your summary
  2. On page 31, please create the template that you see projected up front

LESSON – 50 minutes

Lesson 3

Wednesday:
Today’s work is about exploring how different language and images used by the media impacts the stories being told. We’ll have a chance to consider biasPrejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair. (Google Def) and how media bias impacts us.

We’ll read an article about “People of Determination” and use it as a vehicle to discuss these important issues, considering such questions as…

  1. What is Sheik Mohammed trying to do? Why?
  2. Why does changing the language matter?
  3. What is the diff b/t the term ‘disabled’ and POD in meaning?
  4. How does the nature of the story change by using this word?

Thursday:
Now that we’ve seen the power of language, let’s apply what we know to a different article. Specifically, let’s look at a recent news story connected to immigration in California. We’ll read the story together, as we did yesterday. When we’re done, we’ll write a quick summary of the article to ensure we all understood what we read.

What are some alternative terms we could use to describe illegal immigrants that are similar in spirit to the term “People of Determination” (Think about why people move from one country to another)? What language could we use instead that might change the nature of their story? How about other words in the story?

Working in your table groups, find 3 terms in the article that you think could be changed to a different word in order to make the message more positive. You’ll write the 3 words, as well as the words you want to replace them with, on page 31 of your notebooks.

Then, you’ll write the new sentences that these word replacements created. We’ll explore an example together.

Closing – 5 minutes

We’ll finish by taking turns sharing our word choices and new sentences

Homework

You have a bit of homework over the break, actually. It’s listed below but will be fully explained in a Basecamp post as well.

  1. Take a picture of your community and post it, along with a full description, in the #EverydayLife section of GNG Connect
  2. Check the #EverydayLife section at least a couple times between now and the Monday we return and if you see any posts by our partners, respond with a COMPLETE question (details on what a complete question is will be in the Basecamp post)
  3. Check the Group Forums section at least a few times over the break and read any posts by our partners. Either new posts by them or comments/questions they add as replies to your posts. In either case, respond with a COMPLETE question. Remember, the goal is interaction and engagement.
  4. Talk to an elder in your family or community (for example, parent or guardian, grandparent, community, or religious leader) and ask them the following:
    • Can you tell me a story from when you were my age?
    • What were your community and culture like then? How is it the same and different from the community and culture in which I am growing up?
    • How did people from other countries learn about each other without the internet and social media? Did you ever have a friend from another part of the world? What was it like?
    • You must write down the elder’s story and take a photo of him/her/them, and bring both to class upon our return from break.

Unit Objectives

We’re between units at the moment, and will be until after Spring break. However, that doesn’t mean we have no goals for the next 2 weeks. Our priorities include the following:

  • Debrief our recent project in order to spend some time considering what went well and how we might improve on our work
  • Familiarize ourselves with the Global Nomads Campfire program
  • Gain some background knowledge about our partner classroom’s country/culture
  • Start the Campfire program

This Week’s Agenda

Monday

Project debrief/reflection

Tuesday

Begin Lesson 1 in Campfire and watch The Danger of a Single Story

Wednesday

We’ll get set up and logged into GNG Connect and complete Lesson 1

Thursday

Campfire Lesson 2

Quote of the Week

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Community Research

Community Research

Tuesday 3/20/18 thru Thursday 3/22/18


Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Properly assess the credibility of a source
  2. Complete a proper text analysis
  3. Identify and discuss the HR issues present in our community

Do Now – 5 minutes

  1. Computers on desks and logged in
  2. Access the Article Analysis tool you were provided
  3. Share with your table group the names of the articles you are working on to ensure nobody is working on the same one

LESSON – 50 minutes

For most of this week, you’re working independently to explore current events related to the human rights your table group was assigned. Just a few points of clarification and requirements to keep in mind…

  1. You are looking for news articles that connect one or more of the 3 human rights you were assigned to your community. That community can be VHS, Vista, San Diego, California, the US, etc. It should NOT relate to something like “UC San Diego” or some other specific place that is in your community, but which you are not a part of.
  2. You must assess the source for credibility based on this document about assessing source credibility.
  3. You are responsible for completing 2 Article Analysis forms, which means you need to find 2 current event news articles about 1 or more of your human rights.
  4. You must check with the other people at your table to ensure you are not working on the same article. There can be NO DUPLICATES. If 2 people turn in the same article, you will BOTH have to redo the work.
  5. Your articles must be less than 1 year old

Please remember that the purpose of this work is to develop a deeper understanding of the human rights issues in our community so that we can complete our challenge –

Create a Universal Declaration of Human Rights that addresses the modern human rights issues in our community

 

Finally, we’ll be sharing the results of our research later in the week, so please be prepared to discuss your findings. This is not a race or something to just check off the list. Do the work with the intention of learning deeply about these issues.

Closing – 5 minutes

We’ll begin sharing out your article analysis work by asking a few people to discuss their learning

Homework

Nothing today

Unit Objectives

  1. Identify the 30 human rights, prioritize among these rights, and articulate why human rights are important to them as individuals
  2. Apply understanding of human rights to new situations
  3. Demonstrate the ability to see the world from another person’s perspective
  4. Synthesize understanding about existing HRs, and about HRs issues in our community to develop new, relevant ideas that connect to our community

This Week’s Agenda

Monday

We’ll work to develop a strategy around assessing source credibility

Tuesday

Researching community human rights issues

Wednesday

Researching community human rights issues

Thursday

TBD

Friday

TBD

Quote of the Week

“All of us are smarter than any of us, so the value to all goes up when you share.”

Seth Godin

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Source Credibility

Source Credibility

Monday 3/19/18


Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Properly assess the credibility of a source
  2. Identify and discuss the HR issues present in our community

Do Now – 3 minutes

  1. Computers open to Basecamp
  2. Click into Message Board item called Community Research

LESSON – 40 minutes

Today, before we start digging into research, we need to make sure we all have a clear sense for how to ensure the resources we’re using to support our work are credible.

We’ll read an example article so that we can demonstrate how we determine whether a source is acceptable. It’s not an exact science by any means, but if you know the right kinds of questions to ask, you’ll be much more likely to get at good information.

I’ll pass out this document about assessing source credibility to everyone so we all have it to refer to.

Closing – 2 minutes

Please turn to a partner at your table and take turns reminding them (and listening to them remind you) what our Big Idea, Essential Question and Challenge are for this current unit.

Homework

Please respond to the Basecamp Message Board item titled Homework: Monday 3/19/18

The content and activities discussed on this post either come directly from, or were inspired by, the EdX course called “The Rights of Refugees“, which was created by Amnesty International.

Unit Objectives

  1. Identify the 30 human rights, prioritize among these rights, and articulate why human rights are important to them as individuals
  2. Apply understanding of human rights to new situations
  3. Demonstrate the ability to see the world from another person’s perspective
  4. Synthesize understanding about existing HRs, and about HRs issues in our community to develop new, relevant ideas that connect to our community

This Week’s Agenda

Monday

We’ll work to develop a strategy around assessing source credibility

Tuesday

Researching community human rights issues

Wednesday

Researching community human rights issues

Thursday

TBD

Friday

TBD

Quote of the Week

“All of us are smarter than any of us, so the value to all goes up when you share.”

Seth Godin

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Back to the Challenge

Back to the Challenge

Thursday 3/15/18


Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Explain ‘The Challenge”
  2. Identify missing information/understanding
  3. Discuss the HR issues present in Vista

Do Now – 3 minutes

  1. Notebooks open to 30/31 – be prepared to discuss your answers

LESSON – 50 minutes

Okay, to start things off, in your table groups, see if you can remember the Challenge we’re currently working on. Talk it out and see what you come up with.

Now that we’ve spent quite a while digging into human rights, it’s time to step back for a minute and get clear on not only where we’re headed, but where we’ve been, and what more is left to do.

We’ll spend some time discussing the 3 phases of the CBL framework:

The Challenge Based Learning Logo, click to go to Digital Promise's CBL resource

And, of course, there are multiple steps within each phase. For example, the 3 parts of the Engage Phase are:

  1. The Big Idea – the broad concept to be explored
  2. The Essential Question – connects the Big Idea to our own lives
  3. The Challenge – turns the Essential Question into a call to action to learn deeply about the Big Idea

For the Human Rights Challenge, our Engage Phase looks like this.


BIG IDEA

A Contemporary Take on Human Rights


ESSENTIAL QUESTION

How can we address Human Rights issues in our own community?


CHALLENGE

Create a Declaration of Human Rights for Vista that addresses the modern human rights issues you see in our community

Closing – 5 minutes

 

Homework

Please respond to the Basecamp Message Board item titled Homework: Monday 3/12/18

The content and activities discussed on this post either come directly from, or were inspired by, the EdX course called “The Rights of Refugees“, which was created by Amnesty International.

Unit Objectives

  1. Identify the 30 human rights, prioritize among these rights, and articulate why human rights are important to them as individuals
  2. Apply understanding of human rights to new situations
  3. Demonstrate the ability to see the world from another person’s perspective
  4. Synthesize understanding about existing HRs, and about HRs issues in our community to develop new, relevant ideas that connect to our community

This Week’s Agenda

Monday

Setup notebooks for exploration of US Refugee Policy

Tuesday

Explore resources connected to US Refugee policy and answer key questions (MrD will be out and you will have a sub)

Wednesday

Continue Tuesday’s work, completing questions on pages 30 and 31 of your notebooks based on the resources introduced on Monday.

Thursday

Reintroduce the current Challenge

Friday

What do we know, what do we need to know? Activity…

Quote of the Week

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”

John Muir

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Campfire, Lesson 2

Campfire, Lesson 2

Thursday 3/15/18


Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Develop a broadened understanding of their partners by reading their profiles
  2. Challenge the single stories their partners have heard about them by sharing their own stories and values

Do Now – 10 minutes

Before we dig into Lesson 2, we’re going to view our partner’s Lesson 1 Class Forum post, and then talk about it as a class.

Some questions to consider…

  1. How do you feel about these things?
  2. Is this a single story about us?
  3. Are there things missing?

So our task, now, is to think about how we want to respond to this post. What do you want to correct? What do you want to add? Let’s fill in their impressions with some additional information so they can have a clearer understanding of ‘people like us’. One of us will post our response to the class forum.

LESSON – 40 minutes

Lesson 2

As we talked about yesterday, the real danger of a single story is that they’re incomplete. And I think we can all agree that so much can be gained by deepening our understanding of other people – especially people we are unfamiliar with. It’s like adding another dimension – think CUBE instead of SQUARE – we can just see so much more clearly.

This is what happens when we go from what we’ve heard about others to actually learning directly from them. THIS is what Campfire is all about.

And it’s specifically what Lesson 2 is going to have us doing. We’ll begin with what didn’t get to yesterday…the Values Activity.

Values:
This activity is designed to get us thinking about what’s most important to us, and once we identify it, we’ll use it to tell a story about ourselves. So please take it seriously. You’ll all get a copy of this worksheet that we’ll use to complete this activity, and we’ll discuss the instructions together. You have 10 mins to complete this and zero in on your #1 value.

Now that we’ve identified our top value, it’s time to start thinking about how this value motivates us to achieve things, despite facing certain barriers. We’re going to be telling some relatively brief stories about ourselves based on this idea. We’ll work through the examples in the table below, then I’ll share an example of my own, and then you’ll be creating your own.

Lesson 2 - Values Story

My Example:
Hello, my name is Jeb and I teach at Vista High School. My top value is Learner. I find myself constantly striving to learn new things, but I often find that there is so much information, and so many resources on the internet, that I get overwhelmed and I don’t know how to sift through it all and get down to learning. So, I developed strategies for assessing source credibility, and this helps me focus on just the most valuable information.

Okay, you’ll have 10 minutes to come up with your story, based on your top value. Please turn to page 28 in your notebooks and write the following heading:

My Values Story

Please skip a line and begin writing your story. It’s fine to write several versions, making changes/revisions as you think through it. But please make sure your final draft is written below all of that work, under the sub-heading: FINAL DRAFT.

When you’re done, you’ll be posting these stories to the Group Forum. NOTE: You will be assigned a group number and it’s important that you stick to posting within the group number you’re assigned. You’ll get your group number in class.

After posting your Values Story, please explore your group’s forum for Lesson 2 and if any of our partner class’s students have posted their Values Story, please read it and respond. The foundation of this program is dialogue/conversation, so it’s very important that we are regularly checking the forums and interacting with our Moroccan friends. Not just once, but back and forth, often.

Closing – 5 minutes

We’ll finish by taking turns sharing our Values Stories with our groups, and if we have time, I’ll ask few of you to share with the class.

Homework

Any of the above items we don’t finish in class.

Unit Objectives

We’re between units at the moment, and will be until after Spring break. However, that doesn’t mean we have no goals for the next 2 weeks. Our priorities include the following:

  • Debrief our recent project in order to spend some time considering what went well and how we might improve on our work
  • Familiarize ourselves with the Global Nomads Campfire program
  • Gain some background knowledge about our partner classroom’s country/culture
  • Start the Campfire program

This Week’s Agenda

Monday

Project debrief/reflection

Tuesday

Begin Lesson 1 in Campfire and watch The Danger of a Single Story

Wednesday

We’ll get set up and logged into GNG Connect and complete Lesson 1

Thursday

Campfire Lesson 2

Quote of the Week

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”

John Muir

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