Today we previewed ILP assignment one. It was great fun.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I've never taught through the ILP before and I am so glad I'm doing it. Usually no matter how much I remind them or update them about the ILP, their reaction always feels vague and sort of disengaged, but the reaction today was for the most part quite different.
I started the day by having them jot down three or more possible ILP topics. They did this and then I collected them for later approval.
I then showed them where to find the assignment online, and let them know how to use the rubric to determine the quality of their answers. We opened up the ILP itself and I guided them through all of question one. We talked about biases and values, read the Academic Writer and then had a quick write addressing their biases. If they want I imagine they could use this quick write as the answer to question one.
Then we moved on to the other questions.
Number 2 instructs them to go to Wikipedia and look up their topics. In my 8am class I used Manatees as at test topic, then in my 10am I let them shout out a topic. The one I heard loud and clear was Hip-Hop Dance. We Wiki'ed it and looked around. I showed them the discussion and history tabs and we had some fantastic conversation about hip-hop v. rap, and what the relevance of what they learn in Wiki might be to their paper.
We also went over keywords and search terms. This was especially productive in my 10am because the students were amused by "popping and locking" as a potential search term.
Overall I feel really good about the class and the ILP topics they chose. I've gotten back to them all with my input on their topics. There is an amazing array including: woolly mammoths, country music, African languages, hip-hop, sharks, Bigfoot, and more...