Well, we are officially in full swing with a Major Digital Project that my students are doing this semester. I have started the process of setting up a blog hub so every student can access each other’s progress reports. Teaching high school students how to do this is a much different experience than being in an environment with people who want to learn how to integrate technology in authentic ways (EC&I 831). I’m exhausted.
I absolutely love integrating these types of assignments into my classroom because I do see the value. Admittedly, I also like to demonstrate that theories I learned at the University of Regina can successfully be implemented into our teaching practice. Take that, naysayers! Integrating these assignments in classrooms can be extremely difficult but it’s not impossible. When you give students choice to learn any skill they want and the ability to post their progress in different ways they can get lost. I’m getting a lot of “Ms. Koskie, what should I write about?” I have modeled progress posts and talked about my expectations with using online resources, but the question continues to come. It’s not surprising to receive this type of feedback when they are trying something completely different. I think this is partially due to how students are conditioned to recognize that end products are the only thing that matters.
Then I realized I am struggling with the exact same thing that my students are in this class. I’m not doing a project where I learn a new skill and post my progress on what and how I’ve learned. There seems to be a more concrete fluidity to progress posts when doing that type of project. I’m struggling with writing down my process for integrating this project in my classroom. What do I write about?
Do I write about how I set up a blog hub? Share my handouts? Talk about classroom management? Talk about technology struggles? I don’t know. So I guess I am asking you the question: what would you like to see?
- Koskie Out