I thought I'd follow along Neil's lead to document some strategies. I mentioned 'conversation memos' in our Elluminate session yesterday. I was introduced to this simple activity in a graduate course with Peter Grimmett at SFU many years ago. It's such a simple idea but really effective.
- connects curriculum with personal lives of students and their communities (authentic)
- provides a way to for students to share and discuss issues and interests, and events in their lives
- engages students in reflective practice
- encourages shared responsibility for the activity
- motivates students to participate -- i.e. it will be your turn next! :-)
- 2-3 times (depends on numbers) during the semester each student writes a memo to the rest of the class.
- This memo explains a specific teaching dilemma or questions/struggles related to readings and class discussions, etc.
- Bring sufficient copies of the memo to distribute in class
- Each class approx 15 minutes is spent discussing each memo.
- Could easily be implemented online
- In large classes the memo disucssion could be done in groups