Monday, July 4, 2011

#pw11 Think of analogies ... (design thinking 3 of 12)

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... for what an engaged learner does, feels, or sounds like.

You've spent a week listening in on passionate conversations that may have started on twitter and hopefully extended into meatier blog posts or books about the things in which you want your students to be deeply engaged. List all the activities, emotions, and behaviours that engaged learners in your discipline display; at least one of each.

Now, for each activity, emotion, or behaviour on your list briefly describe a situation outside of school where you might see that come up. For example if the activity you saw was people engaged in deep conversation you might see the same thing happen among a group of friends at a coffee shop. If you saw people excitedly discussing something, another place people might be excited is on a roller coaster. If the behaviour you noticed was people sharing personal experiences you might see the same thing happen when a grandparent looks through old pictures with their grandchildren.

You're looking for a few good analogies connected to the engagement you hope to develop in your students. Next week we'll weave these into narratives that may help us figure out how to engage our students more deeply in "________", you filled in the blank.

Make a point of sharing your search for analogies with people you've been engaged with on twitter or blogs this past week. They'll probably come up with a few good ideas you may not have thought of on your own.

Please share one or two of the best analogies you came up with this week in a tweet, a blog post, or leave a comment here or anywhere and include this tag in it somewhere:  #wpedagogy

(This series of posts inspired by Design Thinking for Educators, 3.7.)

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