Today was a busy day filled with discourse, creative ideas, a bit of humor, and some AHAs. Your CDA Team had their suspicions confirmed; each of you proved to be a “rouser of student interests…..” Our conversation around reading and textbooks indicated you view textbooks as resources for students to use to clarify, straighten out misconceptions, and connect new learning with past learning. However, one idea to keep in mind is today, “students might be drowning in information and starving for understanding……” Supporting their ability to focus their attention by providing a reason for reading, actually using the text information in class, and choosing a text wisely are strategies that will motivate student reading and lead to understanding.
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Some reminders about tomorrow:
Wear your Syllabus Shirts
Refer to the Agenda for Day 6 in your notebooks for details concerning the presentation
Make certain your Rubric Score Sheet and Syllabus Rubric are in your notebook ready to use as a post scoring activity
Have access to your new syllabus (either electronically or paper copy)
Come ready to participate in reflective experiences and a bit of fun.
Your CDA Team
Thanks a lot for your contributions to an engaging and productive first week of CDA. I hope you all now have a couple of days to let all that hard work settle, and you return next week refreshed and ready to continue our work together. As I’ve absorbed the news from various media sources over the last few days, one factoid peripheral to the Comey kerfuffle is this (I won’t go into the convoluted details of how it relates to the Comey firing; you’ll have to trust me): According to some advisors close to Hillary Clinton, one of the reasons she lost the election was that she couldn’t clearly articulate WHY she wanted to be president, even in private. Some of her people (perhaps the more snarky among them) came to the conclusion that the main reason was “because it’s my turn.”
So, what does this have to do with CDA? (When I’m teaching a class or facilitating a workshop, everything has something to do with it–my kids’ baseball games, the mystery novel I’m reading, an argument with my wife–everything connects to the class somehow.) In the verbal and written feedback I’ve given you about your goals I’ve suggested that you continue to reflect throughout CDA on the question of what you want your students to know and be able to do because I believe your answers to this question will help you refine and clarify your goals. I realized tonight, however, that there’s something missing from that advice. (Thank you anonymous Hillary Clinton advisors.) A more important question, and one that may actually lead you to transform your goals, is: Why is each goal important for student success? Why exactly do you want them to know and be able to do what your goals indicate your students should know and be able to do?
Here’s a suggestion. For each goal ask yourself the why question (e.g., Why is it important that my students know or be able to do X a year from now?) and write down your answer. Look at that answer and then ask why again. Write down your answer. Then ask why again. Write down your answer. (Three times should be enough, although there’s a whole mythos attached to the power of the “5 whys”. Go ahead, Google it. Then enjoy your trip down the rabbit hole. If you go chasing rabbits, and you know you’re going to fall…) Your answer to each successive why question should help you get progressively closer to what may actually be a BIG goal you want your students to achieve. Based on my work with you all so far, I’m confident that you’ll have better answers to your why questions than did our unelected heiress to the American throne now occupied by our naked emperor. (Clearly I should be in bed by now. I hear the hookah-smoking caterpillar giving me the call. Go ask Alice.)
So, plant this “why” seed in the back of your head, give it a little water and organic fertilizer, and then forget about it for a few days. Next week we’ll crack open those skulls and see what’s growing.