Project: Wonderopolis improved

Question 1

How do you challenge your students to think critically about the information provided by Wonderopolis? What questions are you going to ask? (How do you define critical thinking?)

Agenda:

  • What wonder have you chosen?
  • How do group members communicate?
  • How do you collaborate/cooperate?
  • Who are your hypothetical students? What are their defining characteristics?
  • What does “critical thinking” mean to you?
  • What difficulties do you anticipate in getting your students to think critically? What do you plan to do if they don’t seem to think critically?
  • And any other questions you may have.

Question 2

What are the possible resources your students can use? What are the possible activities your students can do?

Agenda:

  • What are the possible resources for your students to use? Let’s brainstorm for them!
  • Now let’s brainstorm for activities that you can possibly use to get your students to research on the topic/keep engaged in the topic/do whatever you think is beneficial.
  • Where do you predict your students will find potential conflicts in the information they find? (e.g., book vs. interview, or experiments under different conditions.)
  • Any other questions you may have.

Question 3

How can your students evaluate possible conflicting information, or the trustworthiness of a particular source?

Agenda:

  • How’s the group work going?
  • Please briefly summarize your group’s takeaway from the previous day.
  • What is your anticipation of your students’ reaction to conflicting information?
    • What do you do when you observe that some students are very entrenched in one perspective?
    • What do you plan to do when your students don’t agree with each other?
  • What are the ways such conflicts can be resolved? Is there a best way? Or do you have a list of recommendations?
  • Any other questions you may have.

Question 4

How do you present your answers to the previous questions in the form of an improved version of the wonder of your choice? (You decide how it looks, and what technology you want to use.)

Agenda:

  • Before class, research for possible presentation solutions that we don’t see used in our classrooms often.
  • What are the most important aspect of your projects? These should stand out in your presentation.
    • What would be a really good way to present these?
  • Do you need any technical support? Your classmates may be able to help. And I’ll definitely try to help you.
  • Any other questions you may have.