This Tuesday’s installment of GRS featured a significant time for prep-work on our Collaborative Conversations at Seneca Park Zoo Tuesday the 24th. We started class off by riding the elevator between the first and fourth floors and timing our journeys with a partner. We put all of our times together and found the average of the trips. Class Blog Elevator Time Class Blog Topic of the Day In the meantime we used out Do-Nows and employed a technique called “Pass-Read-Steal.” Our idea theft prompted a conversation on “authentic learning spaces” containing a good deal of praise of our classmates for their ideas on what constitutes an authentic learning space or how to make a place authentic. Class Blog Working After snack and a video to Mike’s grandfather for his 85th birthday we were back to talking about our Collaborative Conversations. Our elevator experiment turned out to be a measurement for how long our “elevator pitches” should be; something everyone else seemed to have made the connection pretty early on. We determined our elevator pitches should be about 35 seconds long and were sent off with our partners to create our pitches. These first drafts were then presented to the class while everyone critiqued and helped to polish the pitches to be short and enticing.

Team Earth Science Elevator Pitch

Team Earth Science Elevator Pitch

Team Bio Elevator Pitch

Team Bio Elevator Pitch

Team Physics Elevator Pitch

Team Physics Elevator Pitch

Then we were introduced to our Collaborative Conversation titles, which were finalized for us but each group seemed satisfied with their titles. We talked about the important elements for our Collaborative Conversations (craft a story, engage your audience, and include your “so what”). These presentations will be presented to the class Thursday June 19th for peer review with your elevator pitches. These collaborative conversations should follow the protocol given to us on the second day of class (I attached a picture below for anyone who needs it). Class Blog CC Protocol Our final Investigation Design papers are due in the last day of class, Thursday June 26th on or before noon. While the rough drafts we’ve been working on are done individually our final papers will be done in conjunction with your investigation partner so you have twice the material to work with. Jo Ann suggested we make a GoogleDoc to work on the paper at the same time as our partner and, if anyone has any issues I believe Ryan offered to help since he has experience with GoogleDocs. Some last minute shout outs and reminders: – Please give out the Collaborative Conversation flyers we were given by Jo Ann in class. It’ll be nice to have some familiar faces during our presentations. -We are wearing out black GRS T-shirts to the zoo on Tuesday for our presentations.   Lastly, props to Eric to another fantastic snack but since I’m running out of people to choose, you’re up next! (Shocker, right?)

Jill and Ceb's Coordinated Outfits

Jill and Ceb’s Coordinated Outfits

Another Great Snack!

Another Great Snack!

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