I HATE passing work back. It’s easy for work to gather on my desk and before I know it, I have several days (i.e. weeks) worth of old work to give back. For my first APUSH class of the day I have the work on the students’ desks when they come in, but for my other classes I can’t because I have classes before them. Maybe this should make me transition to a paperless classroom.
At the beginning of class, I went over the Enlightenment Video with the students and instead of having them write their answers to the Enlightenment Quick Assessment, we discussed the answers as a class. They have learned about the Enlightenment in both Global I and Global II and were able to explain the impact of various thinkers.
I was able to pass back work during class because the students were working on one of my favorite activities: creating Mindmaps/Sketchnotes of topics. I remind the students that a good way to commit information to long-term memory is to create something with the information. In this case, they will create visuals.
My artwork will never be mistaken for a Michelangelo or Picasso. In fact, stick figures can be a challenge to me. But I can still draw a visual representation of a topic, and if need be, supplement it with words. After explaining to the students the assignment, European Exploration,Colonial America Mindmap, I turned them lose to demonstrate their knowledge of the material. While passing the old work back I was able to answer questions students had and provide suggestions when necessary. I did NOT give artistic advice since that would be like Henry Clay refusing to compromise. I don’t create artistic masterpieces and he cannot help but compromise.
Homework for tomorrow: Chapter 3 Video Guide, European Exploration/Colonial America Mindmap
Have a good day!