Camp is approaching rapidly here at GRS. We spent this Wednesday preparing for the first day. The first item on the agenda was finding out each group’s campers. We were all excited about our groups and it got us pumped for Monday. We then spent some time going over some logistics. Each group has a group leader for each day, and we also wanted to have a few of us ride the bus with the campers. Eric and I being carless made it a little trickier to figure out transportation, but our final schedule is looking good.
We moved on to discussing camp safety. We determined that it would be best if campers created their own safety agreement, but we wanted to make sure the agreement covered a few things. We brainstormed safety procedures for both the beach and in the laboratories on campus.
The discussion then moved to the daily schedule that all groups would be a part of. This includes lunch as well as where and when we would debrief after camp.
Michael then answered a few questions about creating our lesson plans. The discussion focused here on Wiggins and McTighe’s (2005) concepts of understanding by design (UbD) and backward design. The main idea is to start with an end goal when planning lessons, instead of working in chrinological order. this way all the planning is focused on fulfilling that goal. Michael also brought up the twin sins of unit design: hands on without being minds on (a focus on style over substance), and coverage (focusing on covering each piece of the curriculum, not bound together by core principles).
After our discussion we moved on to group work, focusing on preparing our lesson plan for the first day.
Team Justice League
Team Purple JAR
After our group work, we got back together to wrap up the day. Tiarra had some ideas for our celebration/song on our daily schedule. We also discussed the questions we had run into when working on our lesson plans. Today (Friday) in class we will be sharing our progress so far and determining the tools and materials we need for camp. Stay tuned next week for our first day of camp!
Wiggins, G. P., & McTighe, J. (2005). Understanding by design (Expanded 2nd ed.). Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.