What does Equity look like?

What does Equity look like?

Tuesday  11/14/2017 – OPENING – 15 minutes

Since today is the beginning of a new unit, we’re going to start with something new. Specifically, we’re going to begin with a free-write exercise. Please respond to the following:

Think of a time that you have encountered unfairness. It could involve you or others you know. Think of it as a story, and tell as much as you can about the situation and WHY it was unfair. Think about…

  • What might have caused this unfairness.
  • How the person in your story responded to the unfairness?
  • How that person felt, and what the result of those feelings was.

Be sure to use details and explain your thinking fully.

 

Do not stop writing until time is called. Ideas come from the flow.

We’ll share a few stories as a class.

LESSON – 45 minutes

As mentioned above, today is the beginning of Unit 3, but unlike other units, we are going to tackle this entire unit in the form of a challenge.

We’re using the CBL framework as we’ve done in the past, so you should be familiar with the basic structure. But we’ll work through it a bit differently. Like previous challenges, I’m providing you with the completed ENGAGE phase of the Challenge. We’ll work through the INVESTIGATE phase together, and then you’ll work individually to complete the ACT phase.

With that in mind, here is the Challenge…


BIG IDEA
Equity


ESSENTIAL QUESTION
What does equity look like?


CHALLENGE
Tell someone else’s story of equity


Naturally, that’s not a ton of information, and it’s completely fine (expected, even) if you’ve got lots of questions. That’s sort of the point, after all.

Let’s think back to the drawings we did last week to represent the different stages of the CBL Framework. Do you remember what we drew once we had the Challenge established?

Yes, we drew ourselves thinking, and asking ourselves the question, “What would I need to know in order to be able to complete this challenge?” And as we brainstorm that, all the ideas we come up with are rephrased into questions. And we call these GUIDING QUESTIONS.

And creating GQs are the beginning of the Investigate phase.

So let’s do that. Let’s work together to come up with the Guiding Questions that will ‘guide’ our investigation into this challenge. We’ll do that first in pairs, and then as a class. And together we’ll create a list of GQs to start with – understanding, of course, that this list will likely grow as we explore further.

 

Homework

Please go to THIS LINK and read about the Investigate phase of CBL. Then draw what you think that phase looks like. It can look any way you like, as long as it represents how YOU see it.

The idea here is to try to communicate how we move through the Investigate phase VISUALLY. Yes, you can use text, too, but your drawing should be primarily visual.

Quote of the Week

“The place where we can create the most value is when we do a job where exploration and a new solution is what’s needed. Not rote, but exploration. Which means we’re doing something that’s not been done before, something that might not work.

This isn’t something to avoid, it’s the work we need to seek out.”

Seth Godin

This Week’s Agenda

Monday

Warmup:
None.

Lesson:
UNSDG presentations.

Tuesday

Warmup:
Free-Write

Lesson:
Unit 3 introduction and GQ brainstorm activity.

Wednesday

Warmup:
GQ categorization activity.

Lesson:
GQ exploration.

Thursday

Warmup:
GQ development activity.

Lesson:
Reflection activity.

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UNSDG Presentations

UNSDG Presentations

Monday  11/13/2017 – OPENING – 5 minutes

No time to waste today folks. WIth a short day, we need to get right to our presentations. Let’s get our UNSDG infographics out and ready to teach, and convince, our classmates.

LESSON – 40 minutes

UNSDG Presentations.

Homework

Nothing today friends.

Quote of the Week

“The place where we can create the most value is when we do a job where exploration and a new solution is what’s needed. Not rote, but exploration. Which means we’re doing something that’s not been done before, something that might not work.

This isn’t something to avoid, it’s the work we need to seek out.”

Seth Godin

This Week’s Agenda

Monday

Warmup:
None.

Lesson:
UNSDG presentations.

Tuesday

Warmup:
TBD

Lesson:
Unit 3 introduction and GQ brainstorm activity.

Wednesday

Warmup:
GQ categorization activity.

Lesson:
GQ exploration.

Thursday

Warmup:
GQ development activity.

Lesson:
Reflection activity.

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The UNSDG Challenge

The UNSDG Challenge

Wednesday 11/8/2017 – OPENING – 10 minutes

We’ll begin the day by assigning you and your partner an SDG to focus on, and by reviewing a few additional resources that will help you complete your challenge.

For learning about your SDG:

  • Go HERE and click on your SDG.
  • On that page, you will see an overview of the goal, lots of information, facts and figures, and a link to the “Why It Matters” PDF.
  • All of that can/should be used to answer these GQs. The PDF for sure has everything you need to meet the minimum requirements.

infographic

noun
– 
a visual image such as a chart or diagram used to represent information or data. Below are some examples (click to enlarge), but there are plenty more examples available if you do a Google search of ‘Infographics’.

Additional Resources:

None of these are required, but all of them have really valuable information for those of you who are looking to extend your learning, and your infographic.

LESSON – 50 minutes

Work time. Connect with your partner, create a plan, and get to work.

Homework

No specific homework, HOWEVER….this is an important nano-challenge, one that will not only give you a good foundational understanding of the UNSDGs, but one that will give you a chance to show yourself that you can successfully complete a challenge. If your class time is not as productive as you need it to be, you’ll definitely want to work on this at home.

Quote of the Week

“I love not man the less, but Nature more.” Lord Byron

This Week’s Agenda

Monday

Warmup:
We’ll do a quick review of the Place Matters challenge that finished up last week.

Lesson:
Review the week ahead, and engage in a quick learning activity around identifying the local, national and global problems we all face.

Tuesday

Warmup:
Review the Student Challenge Planner.

Lesson:
We will clearly explain the week-long nano challenge and begin working to complete this challenge together.

Wednesday
Warmup:
Identify and access the additional resources we’ll need to complete our challenge.

 

 

Lesson:
Working on your nano-challenge with your partner. Focus items…

  • Answer questions 9-13
  • Draft your infographic
Thursday
Warmup:
None.

 

 

Lesson:
Working on your nano-challenge with your partner. Focus items…

  • Complete your infographic.
  • Pay close attention to producing High Quality Work
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Recap and Look Ahead

Recap and Look Ahead

Monday 11/6/2017 – OPENING – 10 minutes

We’ll spend a few minutes discussing last week’s challenge completion, as well as lessons learned.

LESSON – 35 minutes

To get us thinking about the road ahead, we’ll work first in pairs, and then as a class, to answer the following question…

What are the biggest problems facing people in Vista, the US and the world?

We’ll discuss out answers and connect them to the work we’re going to be doing this week.

Homework

No specific homework, HOWEVER….the nano-challenge we’re beginning this week is an important one. It will not only give you a good foundational understanding of the UNSDGs, it’ll also give you a chance to show yourself that you can successfully complete a challenge. If your class time is not as productive as you need it to be, you’ll definitely want to work on this at home.

Quote of the Week

“I love not man the less, but Nature more.” Lord Byron

This Week’s Agenda

Monday

Warmup:
We’ll do a quick review of the Place Matters challenge that finished up last week.

Lesson:
Review the week ahead, and engage in a quick learning activity around identifying the local, national and global problems we all face.

Tuesday

Warmup:
Review the Student Challenge Planner.

Lesson:
We will clearly explain the week-long nano challenge and begin working to complete this challenge together.

Wednesday

Warmup:
Identify and access the additional resources we’ll need to complete our challenge.

Lesson:
Working on your nano-challenge with your partner. Focus items…

  • Answer questions 9-13
  • Draft your infographic
Thursday

Warmup:
None.

Lesson:
Working on your nano-challenge with your partner. Focus items…

  • Complete your infographic.
  • Pay close attention to producing High Quality Work
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Your World…Mapped

Your World…Mapped

Thursday 11/2/2017 – OPENING – 25 minutes

We’ll begin the day with some reflection activities. I’ll pose some questions for you to consider and discuss in small groups, and then you’ll have a chance to get up and move around a bit, and place your answer to these questions using post-it-notes.

The questions we’ll be considering…

  • What is something you feel you did well during this challenge?
  • Which part of the process did you enjoy the most?
  • What do you wish had been explained more clearly?
  • Tell me something you learned about yourself as a learner.

LESSON – 25 minutes

Small Group Presentations

After we finish up our reflections, we’ll have the chance to present our final maps. We’ll do this in our table groups, so that each person will present, but only to 2 or 3 other people.

Each presentation will be timed (2 minutes) – so that all groups are moving through the presentations in a coordinated way. After each presentation, I’ll give you additional time to complete the Listening Log (more on that below), and then I’ll ask someone from one or two groups to share some of their findings.

Presentations should include the following:

  • Clearly communicate the most important spaces in your world.
  • Explain what you drew to represent those spaces, and why.
  • If you created an actual map with these spaces on it, explain how they fit together and where they connect.

All group members present. Even if you didn’t finish your Challenge, you will present what you have…and if you have nothing, you better think quickly.

When you are in the Audience:

  • Pay close attention to the presenter and while he or she is talking, your job is simply to listen.
  • When they finish, you’ll complete the Listening Log for that presenter.
  • You may be asked to share something you learned from the presenter, so please be ready to do so.

 

Homework

You just finished your first Challenge. Enjoy your weekend!

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

  • Answer GQs 18-22
  • Develop and answer 3-5 GQs of your own
  • Revise your rough maps
  • Assemble and present your ‘Map Your World’ map
Tuesday
Warmup:
None.

Lesson:
Working on your nano-challenge. Focus items for today…

  • GQs 18-22
  • 3-5 GQs of your own
  • Begin rough map refinement
Wednesday
Warmup:
None.

Lesson:
Working on your nano-challenge. Focus items…

  • Continue refinement of rough maps
  • Assemble final map
Thursday
Warmup:
Reflection.

Lesson:
Presenting your completed MYW map to your peers.

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Mid-Challenge Reflection

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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