Wednesday, October 24, 2007

How did people teach before post-its? How did they have students organize their thoughts? Record their notes? Participate in silent carousels? Explore resources? Monitor their own behavior? Yesterday alone, I went through roughly two post-it pads before lunch. And that was just math and social studies.

Post-its let me be spontaneous: what began as collection of review notes became a comprehensive web. We were just supposed to collect three facts about Jamestown to jog our intersession addled memory. But we noticed connections between our notes. We wanted to share them. Some of us needed to organize them. Our required three notes became 4, 5, and even 6. We stopped reviewing and began researching. Our notebooks replaced by library books, an impromptu research project inspired by post-its.

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