Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Make them the experts!


At the beginning of the third trimester, I had no idea that my team partner was going to be gone for our last field trip. You may ask: It's a field trip, where's the problem? This particular field trip was a bus tour about the history of Waukesha. It is a celebration about what we have learned. \

The teacher lead the tour providing the rich history found in Waukesha. Students would follow the tour utilizing an ibook that was created using ibook author. Here is where I had my problem occur. I had never lead this tour and was more than nervous!

ibook Author

At first, I decided not to worry about the tour. Students had a few weeks of research before they were ready to participate in the tour. The previous year we had work extensively on uploading materials into our BB9 course. 

I mean hours, when I say extensively. We put together all of our articles, videos, links, and book titles. Then, we spent a few afternoons uploading these resources into a pre-selected list of questions.
If there is so much work, why did we do it? The truth is that like in many other areas there were very few resources. Getting a copy to each student was not easy. We loved the idea of having BB9 warehouse and distribute the resources. And when you are ready for it, adaptive release can make sure your students get just enough material. 

Problem Solved!

After students began their research, I became more and more concerned with the tour. Then, I had one of those "lightbulb" moments. Students were already researching the material I would be summing up. Why not have them lead the tour? The truth is that this ended up being one of the most memorable tours, I have ever planned. 

Students not only summarized their learning for me to assess, but they now had the responsibility to be the experts. It brought everything together. Students were able to see their classmates learning and celebrate besides them!

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