Students were given their choice menu and asked to make their selections. We chose to do it “cold” as we did not want students to get the most of the learning experience. We then did a quick introduction to what culture is, watching a video and doing some brainstorming.
At this time, we introduced the focus of our unit; why is culture important to our society? We want students to focus on the cultural aspect in each of their research topics. I feel as though sometimes when we have these deeply involved units, we tend to lose focus. Therefore, at the end of each day, students will be asked to reflect on the essential question. To accomplish this, students will use different media, such as Flipgrid, Google Forms, and Padlet to reflect. Hopefully, this will keep the focus on the essential question, rather than just the subject of their research.
The time-consuming part was assigning each selected task via Google Classroom. I created an assignment for each student, attaching all the materials they would need to complete each project. With a goal of remaining paperless, I wanted to ensure all materials were provided electronically. This allows students to stay organized, and also saves on my highly valued printer clicks. While it was time-consuming, ultimately I think it will be a time saver.
Well, we have prepared for this, now it is time to execute! Stay tuned to find out more about our progress!