1) Did the information presented today make sense? If not, what would have helped? What do you still need?
2) Were the activities today well-planned and meaningful? Be specific. If they were not, what suggestions would you make?
3) What potential do you see in the information presented today for your possible use?
4) What else do you want the planning team to know?
The articles on constructivism have been a great resource for a solid background knowledge of the theory. They always seem to raise a lot of questions and good discussions. As a group, I feel that we are very eager to jump in head first, which is good. However, it is important to have a good understanding of what constructivism really is and examples of what it looks like before really diving in.
I love having the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from other departments! It's just nice to know that everyone is trying new things and sometimes failing...or not working out exactly the way they had planned. It's not just me! The most meaningful activity yesterday was the discussion of ideas that others have used or have heard of. This way we can adapt the activities to use in our own classroom. I plan to use a lot of the activities discussed today in one form or another. It's just nice to get new, fresh ideas.
I really liked Larry's idea of demonstrating a constructivist lesson for our group. However, I agree with Lauren in that I think it's awesome, but I would not volunteer...not this year at least. I think it will be great to implement 2nd semester and see how it goes! Since it is hard to use up a planning period to observe another teacher, I think this will be a great way to be a student during a constructivist lesson.
I'm glad that we were able to continue our discussion instead of going to the computer lab. Although the time to read other blogs, comment, etc is nice, I feel that the discussions are more helpful and meaningful at times.