Guest Blogger: Jill Hnat, WKHS
White Knoll French 4/5 students are following an intentional inquiry protocol developed by SmashBoard. According to their website, "Smashboard Edu is problem-based learning & the design-thinking process smashed into a gamified experience!" The Goal is to creatively explain a solution to a relevant, real-world problem. With the invaluable help from Tiffany Miller, our school DLC, my students and I are embarking on a new approach to studying and analyzing the news.
First, students brainstormed ideas. It’s a small class so we explored two issues: Climate change and the elections in Algeria and the unrest gripping the country. Next, the students got cards with guiding questions to lead them through the different stages of inquiry:
Here is a link to a brief description of the process:
Then they worked in groups to answer questions and each student wrote a personal opinion about the issue, which had to include an opposing point of view. Finally, they will record their reflections of the process on FLIPGRID to share.
It is an intense process, but they have really delved deeper into the issues than they normally would have.
An interpersonal score is given for group discussions. An interpretive score for their use of authentic French resources, and two presentational scores, written presentational for their summary opinion and speaking presentational for their reflections of the process.
Thanks Jill for doing such important and interesting work with your students. My question to you all is, how could you possibly modify this assignment to work for your class?
World Language Teacher Support Specialist (and Language Enthusiast)