As I was catching up on The Twitters while waiting on my youngest to finish softball practice, I saw this post:
When we got home, I sharedthis Google Doc with her and her brother - both teenagers. They were on board before I could even finish talking about it! We took turns manning the stove top dinner prep and making our personalized game cards. Sounds like nothing special, but it was.
You see, as they build their cards, they analyzed the terms that Dave Burgess included in the word bank. I heard them asking what some of the terms had to do with the election...and then they looked them up! I was so proud of them for instinctively investigating and arming themselves with more information.
With dinner finished and homework done, we popped some popcorn, got in our PJs and piled on my bed to watch the debate. The youngest, also pen hoarder, passed out highlighters. Finally - it was showtime!
As we watched, I was impressed with how they really listened. They were engaged and learning - not just playing a game.
This morning, I captured this image of our cards from last night. While her brother and I made notes in the margins and wrote additional words - some that one candidate seems to have made up entirely - my daughter turned hers into an art project.
This was another insight into how they learn and process information.
On the way to school, I asked them who they felt "won" the debate. Each gave a different answer. I will also add that I didn't expect the answers they gave, but their justifications helped us understand each other, even if we didn't agree.
I so want this type of learning experience to become the norm for all students - not just the ones I am raising. Following all of the posts on Twitter in response to one tweet by Dave Burgess, I predict that with the next debate, there will be more teachers making this a homework assignment.