Report from the Field – Craig West

Ben. I have a 4th period class that has such a hard and awkward spirit about them. They don’t answer questions. They don’t really respond to anything. Today I was considering emailing the AP about getting some of them moved to another class. That was before I passed out the paper for the first invisible character and asked them to draw on the front and put the details on the back. I could not believe the change in the energy and spirit of the group. It was like night and day. I absolutely could not believe it. None of my other “playful” activities could reach the heart of these students. The playful child inside these hardened teenagers just could not be reached. I’ll keep you posted as to what happens today. Wanted to let you know that you are reaching people through simple kindness and love which is the only thing that can overcome the darkness of this world. 



2 thoughts on “Report from the Field – Craig West”

  1. That is awesome! I have been using Card Talk for the first time and my students like it a lot but I have one class (like yours) that I think would appreciate this idea so I’m going to try it. Good idea.

  2. Steve –

    Card Talk differs from making Individually Created Characters, just FYI. Card Talk has the hidden agenda of building community and establishing the rules whereas the OWIs or ICIs don’t, and so I suggest waiting until week 3 before doing them. But Craig kind of had to go to his big guns w that one class and it sounds like you need to do that too w that one class. Let us know how it goes.

    I will be doing a Webinar on the Teacher’s Discovery website tomorrow at 1:00 ET. I don’t know if this will come up but it may.

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