Alexandria Wailes came to visit our Deaf students. She told us about growing up in a huge family, the only Deaf child. She went to a Deaf high school, but decided to go to a college where she was the only or one of very few Deaf students. Why? She wanted to dance and there was a good dance program there. She made a choice. She said it was VERY difficult at first, and she felt lonely, but she had a goal to learn how to dance. She practiced and practiced.
She talked about musicality. Not everyone has a sense of music. It has nothing to do whether or not you are Deaf. It is about being able to feel music. She feels music through vibrations. Being Deaf doesn’t mean you don’t understand music and rhythm and dance. She is a witness to that.
She inspired our students to learn ASL, to embrace their language, to communicate, and to set a goal and work hard to make it a reality.
We were thankful to have her visit
Click here to see the polls. I used polleverywhere to crowdsource answers and assess understanding. The 4-6th graders had fun using it and seeing their answer light up on the screen. Based on Threshold Concepts, I tried to build up their conceptual knowledge of basic research skills before embarking on a research project. Concepts: research, resesarch questions, sources, primary sources, secondary sources….next, authority! Here are some screenshots:
What questions do we need to think about to answer the big question WHAT IS RESEARCH?
What are some examples of research questions?
What are sources?
What is a primary source?
What are some examples of primary (first-hand) sources?
What is a secondary (second-hand) source?
What are some examples of secondary sources?
The 4th graders read Jane Yolen’s “Encounter,” a retelling of the first encounter between Native Americans and Tainos, and an excerpt from Christopher Columbus’ diary. They took notes about the first encounter and the two points of view. Then they used MS Word to create an imaginary dialogue between the two, using a historical drawing as the background image.
They learned to cite the image and create speech bubbles, right-clicking to send the speech bubble to the front.