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Why Do You Ask?

From asking questions that require an answer To asking questions that require a conversation.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Concepts - Wrap Up - Coffee House Classroom

I call these "You Should Know By Now" ideas. 
  • Conflict and Change
  • Culture
  • Governance
  • Location
  • Movement
  • Human/Environment Interaction
  • Economics
  • Continuity through Change
Personally, I think we did rather well on the concepts.  Everything we study the rest of the year will be funneled through at least one of these concepts.

We used Google Maps (because the Internet couldn't handle Google Earth) to see some pictures in the countries we will study.  We made predictions about Conflict and Culture based on what we saw in the pictures.  What conflict could you predict from the pictures?  What predictions could be made about the culture from the pictures?

Picture 1 - From Nigeria

Picture 2 - From Sudan

Picture 3 - From Israel (West Bank)

Picture 4 - From Vietnam

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We also conducted our first "coffee house" class.  We'll get better at this.  Here's the idea.

When people go to Starbucks, Panera Bread, McDonalds, or Zaxby's (where ever) you get your food, sit in a booth, or at a table and you talk about stuff (usually other people), and that's what we want to do in our class at times.  One of the keys was to conduct yourself the same way you would in public - not talking so loud that other people would be able to hear your rumors ;-). 

So we looked at the pictures, wrote individual reflections (keywords), created groups of 3, and had timed discussions about possible conflict and culture. 

I really would like to have the high tables and stools in my room.  That would be cool, huh?

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