Friday, 9 March 2012
Team Themes and Jiminys
Teamwork is the context within which the task happens and the technology is just the toolkit we are using to achieve that - and not always the most appropriate toolkit. The dream diagram suggested that my Circletime idea was also correct vehicle for teaching about the context.
I wanted the teams of tudents to work together to create and record a story. Today in my single Year 6 ICT lesson we kicked off with a contextualising activity based on circletime. We went round the circle with each child adding a sentence to the story started by a student volunteer. The sentences all had to begin "Yes, and". Nobody had any trouble thinking of something to add. We then threw the sponge ball around the circle to students with their hands up so they could fire off Good News/Bad News remarks about working in teams - Good News - You can work with your friends. Bad News you can work with people you don't like. An amazing number of pertinent observations about the joys and problems of teamwork were made in a very short space of time. After these two activities I explained that each week we would have a team theme and this week the theme was Staying Focussed. To help teams remember the theme each team appointed a "Jiminy" whose job was to remind the team to stay focussed when off-task behaviour was observed. Not an Enforcer, just a Jiminy.
Teams then went and sat together and generated a story outline verbally. When the team were statisfied with their plot they collected one laptop between two and divided into two groups; one recording the story on the template and the other suggesting ideas for using media to tell their story. Unlike the other groups this week they all finished the task before the end of the session and, as best I can judge, finished it well...
We gathered in a circle and the Jiminy's reported back how their team had got on. Their peer performance assessments pretty much matched my own.
All in all it looks like my intuition was correct. I'll be using this model next week. I'll let you know how we got on.
Just one question niggles a little...
Am I teaching ICT here?