Saturday, April 9, 2016

The War For Literacy, Session 3

I have had a great time today, meeting and working with the youth of Grand Forks.  We are fortunate to live in a community that embraces education and promotes a variety of activities for our youth. Margaret Mead once said “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”  The War For Literacy supports this notion and Chris Crutcher did a terrific job connecting with our students and encouraging them to write about what they know and the human condition.  A huge round of applause needs to go to all of the War For Literacy organizers.  You need to do this again!!

Teaching blogging/vlogging is interesting to me.  I didn't focus on the writing process; rather I focused on where to place your writing and how to get it there.  Hopefully the vehicle of blogging allows students to find their voice and yell when they need to.

To encourage the writing process, students chose a prepared prompt out of an envelope.  My prompt for this session is "what were you doing when you last lost track of the time?"

I last lost track of time a second ago.  It is amazing how quickly that can happen.  Blogging can do that to you.

War For Literacy

Today, I have the privilege of being at Red River High School and teaching at the War For Literacy.  I am in my second session of blogging/vlogging and I have a lovely class of six beautiful writers.

We all set up blogs using blogger and now we are all answering a question from the magic envelope.  My question is "what did your life teach you yesterday?"

What a great question.

What did my life teach me yesterday?  First of all, it reminded me to be thankful for my family, my health, and my friends.

What did my life teach me yesterday? Life reminded me yesterday that there are many things that are bigger than me and it reminded me that life works in strange ways.  You never know who you are going to meet and you don't know what their life story is.

What did my life teach me yesterday? Fried eggs on top of a sandwich are awesome!

What did my life teach me yesterday? That being surrounded by loved ones is the best feeling of all.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Cardboard Arcade Club

John Portman once said "Buildings should serve people, not the other way around."  With this thought in mind, we have been building cardboard arcade games at Schroeder.  The games are going to be used at the school dance and all of the proceeds from the arcade games are going to be donated to the Parkinson's Foundation.  The cardboard arcade club has been a perfect combination of service learning, hard work, cardboard, and duct tape.

Our deadline is April 20.  We won't have quite as many games as Caine's; but the Schroeder student's have been working diligently and creatively.

The goal of the cardboard arcade club was to make games out of totally recycled materials and the students have done a terrific job.  They have used miles of cardboard, coke cans, bubble wrap, and frozen orange juice lids.

This coming week, we will work on the finishing touches of game prep.  We also need to determine some logistical details and of course, how much tickets will be to play these awesome games!!