Guest Post: Digital + Traditional = Teaching at Its Best
IntroductionIn my CP sophomore classes, we read Macbeth over the course of a few weeks. The students really enjoyed the play (surprisingly!) and I wanted to do a more creative assessment at the end instead of a typical paper or test. In the past, I’ve done an iMovie project with Macbeth but really wanted to do something different this year. I met with our digital learning specialists, Julie and Kerry, to try and brainstorm some new ideas for what we can do. I also needed to incorporate some research this year, though a traditional research paper is a lot for my CP kids to take on.
AssignmentIn Macbeth, we focused on two main themes: Power and destiny/fate. With those ideas in mind, we came up with the idea of giving each student a historical figure from the last 100 years. The list included politicians, athletes, celebrities, and authors. Students were assigned a person (randomly assigned with the opportunity to re-pick one time)
Students then researched their historical figure using library databases, and found connections to Macbeth.
After they did their research, they put their research and comparisons on an infographic and presented it to the class. The infographic showed the main ideas and comparisons that they found between their historical figure and Macbeth.
ModelingI first did this project myself for two reasons:
- To figure out how much time it would take the students so I could plan accordingly and make sure they have enough time to complete it.
- To show them a model so they could visually see my expectations of what it should look like and refer back to what I did to avoid some repetitive questions.