“Pass the glue…hand me the scissors…I am ready to print…What…students are coming to look at my poster?”
They really put in a lot of work and thought into their posters. We began by diagraming some ideas of things in their life that they are passionate about. Once we did that I had my students take a large sheet of paper and make a diagram of what their large tri-fold would look like. I think this helped them to visually see the work that they would be doing for the next few weeks.
I had each student come to me and discuss their project before I gave them a tri-fold to work with. I was very impressed with the topics they chose for their poster. I really learned a lot about my students interests. Thier interests were widely spread out. Some chose sports, vaction spots, pets, and many other topics. Once our conference was over I gave them their tri-fold. I laughed several times because when I gave them their poster they were surpised at how big it was. Their eyes would bug out! That cracked me up. Some of my smaller students had a hard time carrying it. Once they had it they were ready to go, and they got busy making their poster. I was impressed with their work ethic. I was very proud of them. They worked hard for 3 weeks (I only see them once a week).
The day came when it was time to get all set up in the classroom. I had emailed our staff and invited them to come to come down and, see what my students have produced. Quite a few classes came down to see, what my students produced. It was a great time of sharing and discussing. I was amazed by what I saw and heard.
I want to thank Prinipal George Couros for blogging about his Identity Day. I had such a great time with this project. It gave me a chance to see what my students are interested in outside of school.