I am reflecting on my digital story progress- My theme for my digital story will be teaching poetry in the classroom. I have done a lot of reading of curriculum that revolves around using poetry in the classroom. I am super excited about what my students will be working on. Thinking back after I have now chosen my theme for my digital story I would have chosen a different visual assignment that tied more clearly to poetry. However, I have been able to think about the Bucket List assignment that I did work on and I think I can tie it into my poetry unit quite well. I mean wouldn’t a bucket list poem be quite interesting to read? Why couldn’t my students create a bucket list collage just as I did and then create a poem instead of writing paragraphs about it. I think that overall I am quite happy with the visual assignment that I chose to work on as well as the reading and research I have done around poetry.
|Project planning||Is there evidence of solid planning, in the form of story maps, scripts, storyboards, etc.?|
Project planning is the first trait that I chose to focus on. Planning is such a huge part of any work that I do and therefore I really want to see it in my students work. This trait is something that I will be reflecting on not only for myself but for my students. I need to make sure that I am purposeful in my planning to execute and create the best product. I believe the same is true for my students. I also like to see my students planning to be able to understand their thinking as well as to help guide their process.
|Writing||What was the quality of the student’s written work exhibited in the planning documents, research, etc.?|
Writing is the next trait that I have chosen to focus on. I mean can poetry be good without quality writing and planning? In my opinion NO! So this is why I am choosing to focus on writing. I would like my students to be able to research heavily before creating their poetry and biographical essays of poets. I believe that writing is at the heart of so much of our learning and therefore in almost any context I will require quality writing.
|Presentation and performance||How effective was the student’s actual presentation or performance? This includes burning a DVD, posting the story on the Web site effectively, performing it before an audience, or whatever the assignment required.
Lastly I chose presentation and performance. As a culmination of our learning my students will be reading their own poems as well as their biographical essays. I believe it is so important for students to be proud of their work and to share it with an audience. This is something that I will be promoting throughout my teaching of poetry!