Wednesday, January 21, 2009

AWNM 5 Symphony



Eric Grant: Eric is the Program Manager for KnowledgeWorks Foundation's Map of Future Forces Affecting Education. In that role, he searches for examples ofinnovation in learning and teaching, explores technology and social trends, and loves bringing the voice of the Foundation to the global conversation.

Christian Long (current classes, other): Christian is a high school English teacher and coach working at a college-prep, preK-12, independent school in Ft. Worth, TX. In addition to working in schools as a teacher and coach for over ten years (prior to his return in the fall of 07), he spent several years working with architects/planners, educational and technology leaders, policy makers, and communities to design and build schools from pre-K through the university level. This work took place throughout the United States and around the world.

Lucie Stanish: LPS school board member

9 comments:

bens2012 said...

I liked the Symphony fishbowl. However, I felt at sometimes the discussions got off topic, also I felt like symphony was a very vague chapter that was hard to explain. Therefore, it was pretty amazing that ligitmate discussions were going on. All and all the fishbowl was not one of our best, but it was a hard fishbowl to completley deliver on it.

bridgetL said...

I think that we had a good discussion yesterday. It was probably our best fishbowl yet on this book. Some of our others have certainly lacked in good discussion. on this one we discussed some good stuff. Nick brought up a really good point of why not instead of why. That certainly led our discussion in a new direction. We also had some good points about the bigger picture of the book and the message Daniel Pink is sending us. We connected the other senses, especially design, to symphony. I liked our discussion of homework and I think we really began to grasp what learning truly is. Justin especially had a great point about how learning is more than just memorizing. It is true comprehension of the lesson. I think that, like Ms. Smith said, we should work on ideas of how to change things, not just what needs to be changed. I myself and not really sure how to do that, but I think we should talk about it and share ideas. Great job though. We are certainly getting the hang out the "non-fiction fishbowl".

katiez2012 said...

I thought that for the symphony fishbowl the inner circle was awesome but the blog was only okay. I was on the outer circle, so it was hard for me to stay interested in the blog because It wasn't as interesting as the inner circle. So I wanted to just listen. People were really getting into it and there was some debating which is always fun to watch. A few people kind of controlled the conversation and I think that something presenters could work on is asking kids who are in the circle but aren't really talking what they think. The hardest part for them is probably just jumping into the conversation so if they get asked it will be easier. Overall it was good :)

justinp2012 said...

The fishbowl went pretty well. There were great comments in both the inner and outer circle. It was also great that Christian Long and Eric Grant communicated with us. They put forward some great ideas and made many of us think about that. They certainly made me think and I absent mindedly ignored the inner circle conversation (even though I was in it) and I started to write on CoverItLive for 10 minutes. It made me think about many things and I learned as well.

kelseyc2012 said...

The fishbowl yesterday was alright. Not our best but much better than our worst. I think people went back into defense mode instead of being open to new ideas. The inner circle discussion seemed to go pretty well though I must admit I did noot pay close attention to it as I should have. The blog seemed to go well though I thought. There were a variaty of ideas circulating within it.

kailynw2012 said...

I believe that the fishbowl a few days ago, went really well. I felt challenged, but not in a aggressive way, which I believe is the sole purpose of a fishbowl. I also found it, at first strange, but later complementary that one of my questions was posed to the whole class. Again, though it feels like outside of the blog there is less passion in what people are saying. I want passion!! I would like people to be so into what they are discussing that their jumping out of their seats, that to me would be an ideal fishbowl. I think that sometimes it is important to not be to worried about stepping on others toes, that said, there are certain topics, that I take certain offense to and that, I believe are said to instigate. This is not necessary. On our last fishbowl, someone kept bringing up a topic that we have previously discussed, and personally offense me, due to this repetition. Otherwise though, everything went smoothly.

annasophiar2012 said...

I feel like we did an excellent job on the Symphony fishbowl. The symphony chapter was easy to understand, and I feel like our whole class really understood it. Symphony, I feel, is a basic concept; Symphony is the collaboration of a bunch of different elements to create one big picture. On our fishbowl we really expanded on the topic and applied it to everyday life and education, which in itself is symphony. Some people might say that we didn't stay "on topic" but i think it was important to talk about a variety of subjects and the process of tying them all together.
Good jobs guys, I think the last fishbowl was my favorite one so far!

annas2012 said...

I found that the discussion in the inner circle was fun to listen to. There were many different view points that really changed the way I loooked at the book.I also liked how Mr. Fisch got involved in the conversation. The outer circle had many conversations going at once and most of them were on topic. I got a chance to talk to Christian Long which was very helpful to what we are reading about in AWNM.

leahf2012 said...

The discussion we had on symphony was very good, however, I still believe we can do so much better. I enjoyed the inner circle conversation a lot, some had some very amusing points. I think we are beginning to grasp a lot of the elements of a larger picture and we have done an excellent job of staying on topic. I think that staying on topic is really a matter of opinion, because not all minds think alike and what is relevant to some is irrelevant to others.