Day 145: Post-Mutiny
Today was a great day. Kids were involved, engaged, helpful, polite, busy, hard-working. Just to be clear, I think yesterday's reaction wasn't really about resistance to modeling, but resistance to the added layer of documenting everything in Blue Harvest. So I've pulled that piece and they are using lab notebooks. I'll check-in with students at least once a week for a personal interview to see where they stand on the standards. I anticipate each Friday will be a "Celebration of Learning" — I'll have optional quizzes for students to take, others have time to work on their portfolio items (labs, activities, problems, project, etc.) while I circulate for interviews.
The lab notebooks created an interesting dynamic today. I think the class ran smoothly because everyone had something to do because they each had a notebook for recording the lab. I've done lab notebooks for years, but this year decided to skip them, using whiteboards and worksheets instead. So this year, kids were more off-task during lab and took it less seriously. I feel bad in a way because it seems the notebook manipulates them into behaviors I wish they were doing from the beginning, but I hope the ends justify the means.