Week three - planning
Tomorrow Viv is in Auckland - So the student teachers and classroom teacher are going to be running the session. I look forward to hearing reports via this blog and in person about how the session goes! Good luck team!
Here are the rough planning notes for how the session might run.... To be honest this is looking a whole lot more structured and pre-planned than a Mantle normally would... generally we would aim to be more child-led and responsive. However, the structure is reassuring for everyone and we have planned for the childrens' ownership where possible.
Plan for 7th August
-Meeting convention - Create agenda as last week.
-Update part time workers on what has been happening
-Teacher in role as Josh-storage room issue. One thing we have discovered is David’s files are all mixed up and we don’t know which fact file goes with which toy.
-Toy hunt (student teachers are toys). Children working in pairs to match their fact file up with a toy who is hiding somewhere around the school.
- As children find a ‘toy’ they have the chance to ask ONE question to see if the toy is the one on their fact file. If the answer to their question is YES they can ask another question. As soon as they get a ‘NO’ – they move on to find another toy.
- Follow up activities back at Company HQ as each group returns to the office (writing a report on the condition of the toy? Recounting the process of finding it? Recording the questions that were asked? Student teachers to plan this task - NB must be professional task suitable for toy museum as well as appropriate to curriculum level of children)
- Whole company meeting – report on search for toys. Josh: We were not storing / looking after these toys very well.
- Can we help Josh practice the Phone call to David? knee to knee with buddy (one in role as David, one as Josh) We need to own up about not looking after the toys properly. What is the best way to start? Reflect and Break down the conversation. Give advice to Josh…
-‘If only these toys could talk, I wonder what they’d tell us they’d been through’-Hot seating the toys (student teachers start off in role - transition into children taking on the roles.)
-Discuss-how about an exhibition of toys of a different kind of value – toys with stories to tell?? [This will be confirmed during the week in a letter from David – MAIN COMMISSION]
Could use a Map of school divided into grids to note where their toy was found.
Begin the hunt from different places – management issue
Create a rule during the hunt – can only continue to ask if get “YES” as answer (helps craft the questions).
Student Teacher’s preparations:
Create ‘fact file’ for your particular toy.
Create extension activity for when your group is back in class awaiting others.
Create toy’s adventure ‘story’
Prepare for how you will run the hotseating
Over the next few days
Student teachers send blog accounts to Viv for lodging on site
MAIN COMMISSION will be confirmed (exhibition of toys with a story to tell) - Viv will send a package to the company (containing David’s bear plus the commission letter)
Sam will draft commission letters.