Yesterday I took a lesson, trying to introduce the thinking hats in a real way.
We used this article as our base, and then explored the different hats about this topic.
I used a bus stop activity (students have done this before) and was surprised when they became loud, disruptive, kept fighting with each other and being silly.
We came back together in a circle and tried to go through what people had written for each hat, but it didn't end well.
They had just finished a great lesson beforehand, the best lesson I had ever had with them.
And now...? At the time, to be honest, I blamed them.
I took away from their learning and lectured them about respect and what to do if someone annoys you instead of looking deeper and addressing the real problem.
Was this activity suited to them? Was it a bit too hard? Did I introduce it and explain it enough?
In hindsight, it was probably hard for some of the students. I definitely could have explained the activity more. We definitely needed to break down the article more and discuss its contents more.
I don't want to belittle the students work documented here, but I know they could have done better.
This is not a pity party, woe is me I screwed up type post. It is a learning moment for me.
For next time, I need to remember...
- are my students ready and able to complete this activity?
- what do I need to consider before launching into the activity (e.g. do some of my lower students have the language capabilities to understand this task?)
- Have I given the students enough background knowledge to be able to use the thinking hats in this way?
- Do we have a good enough understanding of how to break apart an article to use them in this way? What else could I have used? A video?