Thursday, 23 February 2017

Harkness Discussion #2 The Middle Ages

Harkness discussions can be challenging for quieter people to participate as some people take over or there scared to state their opinion, so my group has made it a goal to support these people. At the end of every question discussion, the moderator will ask if anyone had any more comments before continuing. For the more talkative people, we asked if they could let someone have a turn or directed questions to other people. Many different parts of the discussion were good but if you listen to the recording you can see our best moments were at 2:30 to 3:00 minutes as the discussion flowed and everybody was talking. Everything can have improvement and next time I hope we can better support the more talkative people with a sign to let someone else have a turn.

Here is our 2nd harkness discussion about the first 100 pages of the book:

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

The Setting of Opium

Welcome everyone to our first litspiration challenge for our reading of The House of the Scorpion, in this very first project we were asked to critically examine the setting of the book. To Bring our knowledge to life we made a brochure (click on the picture to view) to present our understanding the setting so far in this creative novel. Understanding the setting of a book is the first step towards understanding the theme of the book.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Harkness Discussion #1

How did we support quieter people during the discussion?
 - I think we tried to encourage discussion for all people in the group and attempted to give chances for even some of the quieter people to engage.
How did we support the more talkative people in the group?
- I think we didn’t really control the amount of talking of some people, we just let anyone who wanted to talk, talk. I think this is really something we could try and work on, including more of the quieter people but still encouraging everyone to talk.
What is the timestamp of our best moment of discussion, and why?
- Our best time stamp was about 6:30 because this is when we kinda became more comfortable about talking with our groups and more sharing of our ideas.
What is our main goal for our next discussion?
- Next time I think we need to leave room for people to respond to our questions before we ask new ones. I think that we got going with more discussion by the end though.