Friday, November 21, 2014

Shannon's 9th Grade Observations

Hello!
I'm Shannon and these are my observations from when we went into a 9th grade class.
1. Class stayed working when people walked in the classroom
2. Sounded like most groups were working
3. Kids seem hard working within groups
4. 3 kids from all different groups kept talking to each other
5. Calmer than PBL (project based learning)
6. 1 group talked about random stuff, 1 group was fighting, and 1 wasn't talking at all
7. got distracted, most went back to work right away
8. Most groups seemed pretty comfortable with talking to there group members
9. asked reasonable questions
10. One person stopped the class for no reason
11. One group got almost nothing done
12. Students packed up early when they could have put more time into the creativity test

Alyssa's 9th Grade Observation

Shannon and I observed Mrs. W's standard first hour 9th grade class. Here are some things that I observed:
-Group work
-One group (on couch) talking about random things, not what they're supposed to.
-Two groups were distracted by the music she was playing.
-Two students tried talking to us.
-The class continued to work when we walked in.
-One group fought twice.
-Calmer than our PBL class.
-One person was drawing- not doing their work.
-5 people were on their chromebooks.
-Only two groups were working hard.
-Class got distracted by a picture of a flying squirrel.
-One group wasn't talking to each other at all.
-Teacher had to talk to the same group twice, telling them to work.
-One group was on their phones.
-A few students were distracted by the singing challenge on Monday.
-One student yelled across the room to another student.
-Groups were talking quietly.
-Hardly any work was done.

the creativity test

-All 20 kids did the circles and handed them in.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Our Idea

Shannon and I plan on going to Tullar Elementary school on November 25th to observe the differences between the 6 grades there, and test their creativity. We want to test their creativity by giving every student in the grades kindergarten through second grade a sheet of paper that has 5 small circles on it, and give them two minutes to make whatever they want inside the circles. For the third graders through fifth graders we plan on giving them a sheet of paper with a mark on it, and they have to make whatever they can with it in 5 minutes. The students who draw something more elaborate and bigger are the students with more creativity. We also would like to to go to either Horace Mann or Shattuck and test and observe a class there. Then, we'd observe the classes at NHS and test their creativity as well. If the older students draw something more simple, we will know that their creativity has been dulled down throughout the years.

Overall, we think that standard schools are turning kids into little robots, controlling their every move and dulling their creativity. With Project Based Learning, however, their creativity is flowing, and everything is self-directed so the students can learn what they want, and bring what they learned to life in project form, showing their creative side. With us observing the different grades and testing their creativity, we will know whether school is dulling creativity or not.

xoxox Alyssa