We began by reflecting on choice of expression:
What does choice of expression mean to you?
Different grade level teachers said:
-Giving students freedom of choice on how they learn.
-How the students product comes out.
-A way to problem solve for themselves
-That there isn't one right answer all the time.
Challenges for providing choice of expression:
Ms. H's students are writing poems about racism. The students choose their simile and how they wish to present their poem. She does not agree with giving the students the opportunity to not present their poem if wanted. Ms. H gave the students a choice on how they present the voice in their presentation. Liz thinks that this project wasn't so much choice of expression as it was creativity, because Ms. H did not provide the students the opportunity to present how they wish and/or not present.
The important question is where does choice of expression exist? There needs to be a balance. As a teacher, we still have to set some parameters for the students, but allow them more choices to express themselves in their presentation.
Ms. Rivera gave the students options for success in choice in expression, allowing them to produce a product in their own imagination that demonstrated their knowledge.
Ms. Sokol really liked the transition from our last pillar of play to choice of expression. Her students get overwhelmed by too many choices given when they are given their assignments or tasks.
Students will realize that their is more than one ways to solve or present questions or problems.
We chose a pillar to focus on for the next quarter. We think the pillar of collaboration will fit well, with the next quarter and will be a great transition from the previous pillars.
We hope students will learn the difference between collaborating and arguing. We should develop a graph or chart on how we collaborate. This will be a great reference for students.
Goals for collaborative conversations: Having students work together in many different ways and in different manners.
Next week we will plan our units for the third quarter using collaborative conversations.