Bringing It All Together

Patty's Poster for Module 8

I am a small image in their big picture

A students education is not K-12 linear. Their education will be made up of many small moments that will combine to make their big educational picture. My students' time with me is finite, and I must make the most of it as a guide who points where to look but does not tell them what to see. As an online teacher, I can point to more places with cooler tools and make their experience with literature and writing sharper and brighter.

Welcome to World Literature 2.0!

This course welcomes 15-20 high school students from a variety of countries (no two the same) who attend the online international school I [someday hope to] work for. Students apply to take this course by submitting a short story written by an author from their country. They also submit a brief explanation of how the story exemplifies one of two premises:

  • Knowledge is power
  • Ignorance is bliss

This course will ultimately outline our cultural differences and color in our connections as humans based on these two premises. Students will research and present a bio of their author. If the author is alive, they will make attempts to interview them. The core readings will be the short stories. Students will meet via Skype twice a week for seminar to discuss the stories on a focused theme (specific to the work) and then in the context of the two premises. A consensus much be reached on which premise is more strongly revealed. Students will research current news events that reflect this theme and write about the similarities. During this time students will be conducting interviews with family members or close friends. Those interviewed will be asked to talk about something in their lives they wish the did not know or had not discovered, as well as the most important thing they ever learned. Students will identify with others in the group who feel that one premise has surfaced more strongly in their study and, together, present posters as the culmination explaining what they learned.

Tools

  • EdPuzzle: Students will teach each other about their country's author by creating a video assignment and sending it to the class. They will send results of embedded quizzes to the instructor.
  • Video/audio: Students will record and edit interviews with family and friends to include on their poster.
  • Skype: Students will meet to discuss the stories.
  • Google Docs: Students will write papers connecting recent news events to themes from stories. Students will share findings and media to include on their posters.
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