Now that all of the schools participating in the Young Authors Workshop have completed the sessions with their facilitators, they’re going to share what they learned with each other and everyone else.
They’re going to do that using a zine (more on what that is later), with each classroom creating a part of a single publication, collaborating from afar. Dr. Coppins from SHARP Literacy and Adam Carr visited each of the classrooms to help the students get started on their submission.
The second YAW session consisted of a follow on exercise to the original session. The students were initially introduced to the simple motor project and learned the how and why about the force generated by electricity flowing through a wire when it’s in the presence of a magnet. During the second session the students were given a motor to start their project. This project’s purpose was to show the students how a motor can be used to build a toy that can generate art.
All students were excited and motivated to complete the project. Some students were able to complete the exercise by themselves while others required some assistance. My observations during the exercise revealed that additional preparation prior to the distribution of materials would benefit the overall goal of having a fully functional Scribble Bot by the end of the session.
Written by Michael McNeary, Metcalfe YAW Facilitator
The students from Metcalfe took a slightly different approach to the introductory assignment, writing their YAW facilitator directly. Check it out:
Dear Mr. McNeary,
Hi Michael, this is room 215, a room you will never forget. We are fourth graders here at Ralph H. Metcalfe. We are honored to have you visit our school, because we love having guests. Let us tell you a little about our classroom.
The most important thing you need to know is that we like to have fun. We like to play games on our laptops, but we also like to learn. 26 out of 29 of us like math. That means only 3 don’t. 16 of us love to read! We also like writing, earning Moola, Helping out, and Pizza parties!
However, SOME kids are rude, so please just ignore them. And sometimes EACH of us have our ups and downs. Sometimes we have problems, but mostly we’re good! So, that’s the truth about our class. We look forward to meeting you on Wednesday. Have a great day.