Collaborate. Reflect. Assess.
Maybe because my head has a way of racing a million miles an hour, or maybe because I too need to edit and revise my teaching; but I have never done the same curriculum from year to year--similar, maybe, but never the same. This year I feel like we have the gift of a great classroom, the right tools and a schedule that gives us "time" to create more than I ever dreamed possible--and creating is the life-blood of learning.
All creation starts with muddy hands with which we can shape the wet clay of possibility. My muddy puddle started this summer when I looked long and hard at how I taught and why I taught and what I taught, and that is what prompted me to post by the lighthouse: Fitz English: Read. Write. Create. Share. Collaborate. Assess. Reflect.
And I want to make this happen in simple and straightforward way. It is something we have to make happen together, and it may well be a road that we have to smooth out together as well. The first road we travel is called "The Crafted Word: Unit One." It is one of five units I put together this summer with the belief that it will help you become a better writer, reader, and creator; moreover, our blogs and portfolio's and studio's will allow us to create share our work with each other and the world in amazing ways.
I have already shared this unit---or most of it at least--in class today. Section two will receive it tomorrow. I created the unit in Pages, and I do feel it would be best to work on it in Pages as well. Pages should be a free download for you in the app store on your iPads. If you download Pages today, I can share the unit with you via airdrop tomorrow.
Each unit is a series of exercises, readings, and prompts that covers the basic skills any good writer and reader needs--and then some, (I hope). Most all of your required work can be completed in the unit itself because it is basically an online textbook. I will grade and assess your work using Notability.
Every worthwhile adventure should be an odyssey from which you emerge a stronger person.
You will. I believe in you.
Are you ready?