Saturday, September 22, 2012
The Dreaded Projection Device
Now please, don't get me wrong, I love their curiousity. I love how they want to try to put as much of themselves in front of the light to see what happens. I love that every single time the light is turned on they are filled with that same excitement. EVERY SINGLE TIME!
I think I've done all the right teaching things too. I gave them each a fair bit of 1:1 time with the light to discover the cool things they could do with it. In addition every time I turn on the light they are allowed a bit of play time to get the curiousity out so we can focus on the actual lesson.
I want to skype with my class, I want to google hang out with my class but I'm worried that this fascination with the light will go on all year long. We'll be too busy exploring the light that we won't see who we are skyping with or who has left us comments on our blog. Ahhhh! What am I going to do?
After what I would consider ample time to play and explore with the light I decided to implement some rules. From now on the first time the light goes on each day my students have a minute or so to be curious in the light. But once that light curiousity time is over they must refocus on the task at hand, the whole reason why the projector light is on. If their hand (or head or any other body part) appears as a mysterious shadow on the screen after said free exploration time they are removed from the light's ray and must learn with us from a slightly different angle.
Am I being too harsh? Does any one else experience anything like this? I'm curious to know what solutions you have for this problem. As you can see by my photos, it's a real problem.