POP 2: How are Petroleum Products Produced?
I’m inspired by Rushton Hurley’s workshop about how to do multimedia presentations with students yesterday. He suggests
– Have kids create something for a WIDER audience than just me. Especially each other.
– Unpredictability leads to more creative and higher order thinking.
– Don’t spoil the fun of multi media presentations with complex rubrics and lots of points. They will perform for their peers. Have the academics and rigor with the script or with the research report that has to be approved before they do their multi media thing. Nice. We are changing some of TAP to reflect this. Hard to let go but a relief too!
– And best of all “The pedagogical power of cool” that multi-media brings can’t be over estimated. Love that saying. It’s the day of ps :-)
Struggling with HOW to make coolness happen…. had a brainwave stuck in traffic on way to class today – instead of ME having all the fun of making a powerpoint about this, how about THEY do? Each table responsible for a couple of slides. They’ll research it, get some pics and save it to a shared folder on our student server. Then I’ll stick them together into a class powerpoint and they’ll present. See the enclosed sheet for details.
BTW Petroleum = Stone Oil in Greek. That’s pretty cool right there I think.
And the other cool thing was that almost all students were actively engaged in getting info and making it into slides. Much better than usual. Looking forward to seeing what they come up with tomorrow. I have a ppt in reserve too, just in case. Couldn’t resist :-)
Entry filed under: Class Management, Creativity, Education Psychology, The Problems with Oil Project. Tags: class management, creativity, grading, group work, middle school science, middle school science project, PBL.