We handed out notebooks that participants would use through out the year to keep all of their thoughts and work in one place.
The first exercise we did was a 3-minute writing exercise on why we are here. There were 26 students present.
Here are some of their responses:
I want to understand the issue more.
The class seems really interesting and important.
I want to know all sides.
I want to have discussion about capital punishment.
This is not a typical class.
Mr. Sprott was really excited about it!
It’s a current issue I want to know more about.
I want to gain a new perspective.
I don’t know much about it, but want to.
I don’t have an option yet.
Morals change and I want to know why.
It seems more like a club than a class.
This is a controversial issue I want to know more about.
I want to see how art can be brought into it.
I want to use art to explore.
I want to start exploring deeper issues now, not just in college.
I have trouble picking a side.
It seemed really dynamic.
I like the open format of class.
I want to look at new ideas.
I’m interested in art.
I drafted a bill in government class on capital punishment. Want to continue.
Important current event—I want to know more.
I want to be a part of a dynamic learning environment.
Other items discussed include the shared authorship of the project, and possible uses of our discussions and materials produced.
We made T-Charts (Know/Need to Know) to discuss the project and ended by taking time to answer the 3 questions we will be addressing all year:
Journal Reflection Questions
1) Whose voice or voices did I hear today?
2) How has what I have learned today shaped my perspective?
3) What is one way I could share my perspective?