Today was a Passion Project Day. It is only the 3rd one, but I'm already getting a little worried about it.
You'll be able to see from the pictures below that passion for the Passion Project seemed to wane as the day went on.
Today's goal was to start generating ideas, both good and bad. I am getting a lot of my ideas from Kevin Brookhouser's book, The 20Time Project. One of his ideas was the Bad Idea Factory. It sounded like a good idea and a possibly rocking good time with the kids, so I wanted to try it.
I did a little google searching for other teachers that gave it a try. I came across a blog post of Karl Lindgren-Streicher's on the day he tried it in his classroom. He talked about how he 'borrowed' from Kevin Brookhouser and Kate Petty (I've met her in person through a friend. She was my sister's teacher.). I pretty much did the same thing he did. It sounded fabulous.
So, my plan was to have them free write on some questions about things they have always wanted to do for about 20-25 minutes. These were some of the comments I heard and exchanges I had during the free write session:
"Miss Barron, what if I want to be a median?"
"A median? You mean like in math or in the middle of a road?"
"No, like with your mind."
"Oh, you mean medium."
"I want to learn how to drive using my feet"
"Miss Barron, how do you spell bungee?"
For the most part, the free write portion went well. The Bad Idea Factory portion on the other hand. . . went really well too - during 1st period. The kids and I had a blast and they did a pretty good job of filling the board up (as you can see).
Things started to wane a bit as the day went on...
This activity just didn't go as well as I thought it would based on the descriptions from Kevin Brookhouser and Karl Lindgren-Streicher. I'm wondering if it has to do with the socioeconomic and racial make up of my students.
There was one point during 4th period were a student noticed that one of the bad ideas was actually a good one, or could be turned into a good one: texting while driving. I used the opportunity to have them explain how we could turn that into a good project. They came up with one I hope one of them does: create a campaign to warn teenagers of the dangers of texting while driving.
I guess I can chalk this one up to a mostly misadventure.