“Is it seriously mid-June already? What happened to the last two weeks of my life?” I’m pretty sure most of us in EDU 487 felt like this at some point during class. This week was crunch time for our Investigative Design projects and Christa’s face pretty much sums up our feelings about the workload… (Not that we’re complaining of course. It all turned out great, I promise!)For Tuesday each group wrote a rough draft of the final paper, prepared a first attempt at the presentation, and began their inquiry maps. Andrea kept us in good humor, and asked us to draw our current emotions on the board as an opener for the class:
Tuesday was helpful because we all got to practice our presentations for the first time in front of each other. Doing dry-runs and receiving “pluses and arrows” really helped us realize how we could improve our presentations for Thurday’s class. Andrea also gave us time to begin our inquiry maps, and most of us spent Wednesday busily perfecting our masterpieces. Paige and Chelsea seriously put some love into this one:And then Thursday arrived. It was exciting (and only slightly nerve-racking) to get an audience for our final Investigative Design project presentations. April, Joanne, Patrick, and Sharon all came to join us for class. I’m sure we’d all like to thank them for being a receptive audience and giving us feedback on our projects. It was a certainly a intense week, but we all made it through!
Up next, we’ll finish up our Investigative Design projects with our final papers, and complete this particular episode of “experiencing science as learners.” After all, as future teachers we should never stop learning. That’s it for now. Wish us luck in the last couple weeks of class!
A hui hou!