Nova Lab Day 8: Disruptus Amongus

‘Broke out the good ‘ol “Disruptus” box and moved kids through a quick cycle of combinatory innovation.  Presentations had to point to what the original objects were, then who they designed for, why they needed it, and how it worked.  Though light-hearted, the presentations were prefaced by asking students to treat themselves as professionals.  That’sContinue reading “Nova Lab Day 8: Disruptus Amongus”

NOVA Lab Day 7–Getting on the Map

Period 3 What happened? Today in class, we started things off with a game of Funk, Monk, Dunk, which is Rock, Paper, Scissors but more raucous and entertaining. The goal was to learn the names of and then cheer for other people in the class. After Funk, Monk, Dunk, Mr Heidt gave us a layoutContinue reading “NOVA Lab Day 7–Getting on the Map”

NOVA Lab Day 5: In the Dark Finding the Light

By the end of today’s classes, both sections should be in relatively the same place.  Period 3 had read the selections from Dan Pink’s A Whole New Mind for Thursday, and Period 9 read them for today.  Both classes also worked at putting up (on padlets) their metaphors of how they saw the issue of aContinue reading “NOVA Lab Day 5: In the Dark Finding the Light”

Early Divisions & Design for Community

On Wednesday, August 28, just the third day of school, I offered to connect one section of my inNOVAtion Lab courses with an online community called “Modern Learners.”  (More information about them is found here.)  I’ve been a member of the community since its inception, and if you are an educator, you ought to checkContinue reading “Early Divisions & Design for Community”

Nova Lab Day 4–The Challenge and Promise of Community

(For most of the rest of the year, students in NOVA Lab will be blogging their reflections on the day’s events.  Here is the next chapter in our story) Period 3– Today in class, we gathered in small groups and discussed our first thoughts on A Whole New Mind. We talked about how the readingContinue reading “Nova Lab Day 4–The Challenge and Promise of Community”