This week has been fun in my AVID class because we are no focused on the community service aspect of our course. The students are charged with working together to brainstorm a year-long service project that will benefit our community. In doing so, we used strategies that involve students collaborating; building on ideas, restating the objectives and acknowledging each member's opinions as valuable. With me acting as a facilitator, I was able to refocus the class on edification rather than any sort of criticism of ideas during the brainstorm. It was fun to watch the students get excited about the possible projects and then select a few that we could begin with as the most urgent for our school and community needs.
I enjoyed that fable with the donkeys so much that I shared it with some of my colleagues, as there is a lot of transference that comes out of that simple image. The rope could symbolize policies that are forcing teachers to not work together, and the hay could symbolize maximized student learning. I plan on making a copy of it and sharing it with my students as we work on tying collaboration into other tasks throughout the year.