Thursday, January 12, 2012

Chain Notes

Have you read this book? It is full of awesome techniques to measure student learning.

One of the activities in the book is called "Chain Notes", and would work well for a discussion board and maybe even a blog. Normally this activity starts with a question written at the top of a piece of paper, such as "What is matter?". The paper is passed around and each student adds one or two sentences to the list; adding a new thought or building on previous statements.
This could easily be adapted to a discussion board or blog. As the teacher you can pose a question, and every student can add a comment that expands on the answer. Students may also correct any false information. This would be a good way to review a concept at the end of a unit.

1 comment:

  1. The “chain note” idea reminds me of game I use to play with my son's when driving a long distance. We use to play a game called the "Never Ending Story". I would start the story with a typical “once upon a time” a little girl was walking down the street of her town when she saw a giant shadow fly over her head…..” Then the next person in the car had to come up with the next sentence “The shadow was that of a giant dragon. It was a red dragon the most dangerous of all dragons. When the girl saw the dragon she…..” then the next person in the car picks up the story. Around and around we went, building on the original sentence. The story took twists and turns that none of us could predict, the story would keep on going.
    This type of storytelling would work wonders on a blog. The teacher could begin with the first sentence, and from there the students log in at different times, let us say 3-5 minutes apart, the story will keep building on the blog site. Students will enjoy participating, the girls can add charming princes and the boys can add dragons or dinosaurs, as the teacher you can add artwork that the students completed with their story. You could use this as a unit or just one day a week until the end of the year. See what happens.

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