Two students were away and their partners weren't prepared to present on their own as their partner had what they needed. One hadn't tried his power point out and it wouldn't work. Others somehow missed the part that projects were supposed to be multimodal (more than two ways of presenting) or that they were supposed to be presenting to a group of anthropologists to get a research grant. There were some good projects but they looked quite "flat" generally. I was glad we had two days before the "public" presentations.
Classroom Habitudes. In their self-evaluations I asked them to tell whether they had demonstrated passion in their presentations. Wednesday I had them do top ten books about the top ten facts they had learned from their research and asked them to write a found poem about their topic, two items they could add to their presentations. I also asked them in their self-evaluations to tell how they could improve their presentations for Thursday.
I was kind of grumpy Wednesday though sometimes teaching seventh grade requires a bit of acting. And I could see students making plans and getting to work with a sense of urgency.
They again had self evaluations to do and I think that helped them to see their improvements as well. This all makes me again think of the habitudes that Angela Maiers thinks students need for the 21st century-imagination, curiosity, perseverance, self-awareness, courage, and adaptability. Funny how a project on some aspect of Ancient Greece can help these all come into play.
So back to the basics... well they definitely read, wrote and did math this week. Friday I taught them how gambling works (probability) and we actually I spent two periods on French. I think other than a reading assignment on sinkholes and a discussion on tornadoes, science was left a bit behind. And Monday we begin a facilitated unit on coping with life's ups and downs (personal planning). They are also finally getting their lemonade and freezie sale organized for Room to Read.