Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Philosophy in English

A stand out workshop for me at the NZATE English teacher's conference in Rotorua was one on using philosophy in English by Yvette. This is what I am doing with my Year 10s after attending the workshop

So, my Year 10 who are very able are working on an inquiry unit with the broad heading of 'Reality' we have started by having a small investigation
Task 1: Brainstorm on Padlet  - Reality
Task 2: Have a look through the Padlet and see what grabs your interest. For hw do some searching on Google.
Task 3: Find at least 1 article of interest from a 'credible' source. Copy and Paste it into OneNote
  • What is the article about?
  • Who wrote it
  • Facts
  • Your opinion, thought about it, do you agree or disagree? why?
  • Your opinion on that area now
I booked them into the library to have a walk through 'Epic' and listening to a presentation on credible sources and using databases over Google and Wikipedia.
We ended up have a couple of unexpected lessons around credible sources and using databases. Students have been engaged with reading from journal rather than websites knowing they are more 'right'!

Students are now working in Knowledge Forum as they develop their ideas and work as a community to build knowledge. If you want more information on Knowledge Building visit the NZ site here.

A student told me today that she saw some graffiti on a bus stop that was relevant to her inquiry and took a photo of it. I was impressed by this thinking out of the classroom.

The next step is we will be looking at Plato's Cave and creating more in-depth  questions, discussion in relation to Reality.

I am quite excited about collaborating with David Shaumann from John McGlashin school in Dunedin. His Year 10 class and mine are going to work together on a film study. Whilst 'The Truman Show' would work well with this overarching theme of Reality, we will be using 'V for Vendetta'.

I am also creating a formal writing task using Knowledge Forum where students can contribute and evaluate ideas discussed and then create either a portfolio or formal essay.

By the end of the term students will have completed at least: A film study, formal writing, research inquiry, problem creation and solving, presenting, and much more.

Will post again at the end of the term and let you know how it has gone.

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