My year 10s had just had their storyboards assessed and approved.
They were supposed to get started with planning for the next stage of their multimedia projects; maybe even get started developing components of it.
My year 10s were visibly unsettled today at period 1. They said they had an English assessment next period – speech. They exchanged stories of how late they went to bed to get this ready and the ‘winner’ (not in my class) went to bed at 4:30 a.m. How anyone could function with such little sleep is beyond me!
We ploughed through the work that needed to be done but they were easily distracted and not really focusing.
In the end, I succumbed and gave them the last half hour of the lesson to practice for their speeches. They had to pretend it’s the real thing so they had to perform in front of everyone as against doing it quietly in their own ‘corner’. I figured, they weren’t really being productive in my subject so they might as well be productive in something.
Here’s a gist of what happened:
- I had a glimpse of their creativity, literacy and thinking skills in another context (English)
- Students took on roles voluntarily as time-keeper and editors
- Students gave each other constructive feedback
- I gave constructive feedback
- Students felt more settled and ready to face their assessment, even those who did not perform but still got editing help
- We’ve got a concrete example of positive collaboration – one I’m going to keep promoting in MY class
Part of me feels like I’ve been sucked in. Yet, was it really a waste of time?