First Annual Topic Draft
April 11, 2017
And we've officially begun the Renaissance Faire!
This year, instead of assigning topics to students, we opted to mix it up a bit. We wanted the students to have more ownership over their topic (since they'll be working on this project for over a month), and to get excited about the Faire. So during Project Block on Tuesday, we crammed all the eighth grade students into the auditorium, and had a topic draft.
Anxiously awaiting his number to be called, while trying to eat a pencil.
This group waited the longest. #LastPick #TheirNumberWasNotInTheBucket #oops
Each group was assigned a number in class, and when their number was called (after it was pulled from a bucket by the very helpful Ms. Joyce), they had an opportunity to pick their topic. As we went through the groups, the list of topics shrank while the tensions grew.
Ms. Joyce circulates the audience and gets the kids involved
Your hosts, Mr. Rosenau and Mr. Charest
It was fun watching so many students get involved in what could be such a mundane task. There were proclamations of both joy and disappointment when numbers were called and popular topics were taken off the board.
All the topics that were picked were projected on the screen up front
Now that the topics are selected, students can begin the next phase - research!
Beginning to Research
April 13, 2017
Today was the first day of researching. We went over what researching actually entail (finding valid sources, reading, taking notes, understanding the information, citing our sources, and sharing what was learned with the group), as well as learning how to use the databases available through the school.