Thursday, November 8, 2012

Playing with Perspective


 I am in a bit of a post-scavenger hunt daze. My life right now seems to be split into two parts:  pre-scavenger hunt and post-scavenger hunt.

As the clock ran down for the scavenger hunt, one of the organizers of the event sent of this missive:  "We create, therefore we live."

Alright, so if you are a long-time reader you know I'm a bit of a free spirit, a bit of a hippy, and a serious believer in the high-value of play in life and education.  I'm confident.  But, this scavenger hunt thing? It pushed me waaay outside of my boundaries. I grew in leaps and bounds creatively, emotionally, and personally.  I like working alone, and instead, I had to work collaboratively and closely with people whom I still have not yet met. I had to rely on others. I had to ask for help. And, I had to do bizarre things that not only made me laugh (and remind me that I should laugh so much more), but also helped me to understand that being a bit different isn't something we should accept; it is something we should celebrate.

Also, doing funny stuff is (hella) fun. And, giving yourself constraints simply because you are a "grown up" is not only ridiculous, it is stifling. 

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It was such an amazing experience. And, this is the kind of confidence and creativity I want for my students. 

So, you know me. . .I designed a day of class in the spirit of the scavenger hunt!

No lie: teaching traditional one-point and two-point perspective sucks. It is boring. Ugh. So boring. I hate teaching. I loathe it. . .I work really hard to avoid it. Blergh.   So, today, I decided to turn perspective a bit on its head.

Here is what we did:

1. We looked at this Power Point about literal, figurative, drawn, and observed perspective. Then, we looked at playing with perspective.

2. Students broke off into groups of no more than 3 and were given a digital camera.

3. Students had to come up with five different ways of playing with perspective. . .And,their groups will be awarded 5 points for each different perspective.  But, I can award up to 3 extra points per image based on originality, creativity, awesomeness, or hilarity.

4. On Monday (after students have cropped and edited and submitted their work to our online page in Edmodo), I will assign points and identify a winner.

5. The winning team will each get a FREE Chick-Fil-A biscuit.

Oh. OH. oh. The THINGS my students will do for a bit of fried chicken on a biscuit!

They had so much fun. . .And, they learned a lot. Their pictures got progressively better the longer we were outside. . .And, it was great to see them work to problem-solve the issues they were having with initial ideas etc. etc. The coolest part is that we were outside for about an hour, and not one kid was off-task.

And, as a bonus, I laughed, and laughed, and laughed. 

Enjoy!

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