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February 27, 2015
Who's the Witch?
As a creative way to introduce her English 10 class to the play, The Crucible, Mrs. Hamlett conducted a character based mystery game commonly known as "Mafia." The day before the game, students were given a Puritan paper hat and a description of the character they would play in the mystery. The characters were, of course, characters from the play including John Proctor, Abigail Williams, Reverend Hale, etc. The description students received also told them some "secret" information that they could not share with any other players. Secret information varied from "you are quiet and shy, and will not stand up for yourself," "you are very protective of _____," "you are having a secret affair with ____," etc.
When the students arrived the next day to class, they found their character's name on a desk. The desks formed a circle with one desk in the center. Mrs. Hamlett then facilitated the game. Students shared part of their character descriptions with the class as they introduced their role in the play. Then, Mrs. Hamlett told the students that there were witches amongst them. If they were a witch, then they were told so before the game and know who they are. The object of the game was to find out who the real witches were.
Then students assumed the roles of their characters, accused witches, put them on trial, convicted and sentenced them to hang, or found them not guilty. If a character "died," they could then reveal if they were a real witch or not. By the end of the class, no one had successfully found the witch. Mrs. Hamlett then informed them, "the moral of the story is- there are no witches! Witches aren't real! Just as they were not real during the Salem Witch Trials."
Students discussed how their hysteria fueled the game and how they could parallel this to the play they were about to begin. It was a creative way to expose students to, not just the characters, but the themes and the historical importance of The Crucible.
Friday, February 13 was a half-day collaboration. We continued with our look at monitoring goals by using formative feedback. Using information found in Chapter Four of Thinking Through Quality Questioning about formative feedback, teachers explored the strengths and weakness of questioning to generate feedback in their classrooms. We watched two resource videos featuring 2011 National Teacher of the Year, Samantha Brown Wessling (see links below to view again). Teachers participated in a QR code scavenger hunt which led them to six examples of formative feedback including Dictanote app, feedback sandwich, and one-on-one conferencing. In groups, teachers constructed a SWOT about formative feedback reflecting on strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Teachers also provided the instructional partner with feedback on polleverywhere which will be used to formulate future instruction.
This week's Pilot's Lounge was a demonstration of the Mimio board found in my teachers' classrooms. Mr. Hunt did a fabulous job modeling its many uses. He explained how to: change the background color and font color; move texts; copy and paste; inserting shapes, lines, graphs and pictures; and save slides. It was a successful learning opportunity for all present.
Upcoming Pilot's Lounge- March 3rd - Demonstrating the Mobi
Snow Days Slideshow
Things Jets are Tweeting About
Flight Crew Instagram
Kristi Combs, MFA
Instructional Partner, James Clemens High School