My Drama kidlets know exactly what to expect. Or do they? So much fun and learning is about to happen. I can't wait to share so many great theatre styles with them. 30 crazy, high energy Integrated Arts Program artsies.... what's not to be excited about?!
But the real cusp is my second year of the Futures Forum Project. Tomorrow morning this year's group will arrive in my room having no idea what FFP is or what to expect for the next 5 months. I can't wait to try some of the new ideas I've been working on throughout the first semester and collaborate with other classrooms around the Board. This adventure in teaching FFP has without a doubt made me a better educator, more intentional in my practice, and also much more critical (which isn't always a good thing!). I am loving all of the technological exploration and the flipping of my classroom has been such a liberating experience. I'm looking forward to incorporating even more PBL this year as well as some video recording and editing work.
I am even trying gamification with my FFPers. You read that right. I'll pause for a second so that you can peel yourself off of the floor. I will teach through gaming this semester. Really. I do not game; I have never gamed. This will be awesome and I know it. I'm starting off easy with Civic Mirror as my entry level attempt as it is so mappable and truly designed to work alongside the Civics curriculum. Does it scare me? Absolutely. Will I have all the answers to trouble shoot? Absolutely not. But this is what will make it such a rich learning environment. There will be no magic answer for the game or for any piece of our FFP adventure. Life isn't like that. How we navigate through it will make all the difference.
Buckle up my friends. It's almost show time!