Week Ten Class

It’s One-Shot Workshop Week.  To be truthful, I liked the book clubs and Socratic seminars a lot better.  While some presentations were pretty interactive, our time together felt much more like a normal classroom.  The ratio of direct instruction to discussion was, overall, skewed towards direct instruction.

That’s why I’m really liking the concept of flipped classrooms.  I wish that, for our presentation at least, we could have assigned reading or had participants watch a video beforehand to get some of the boring content out of the way/establish prior knowledge so we could do what a classroom full of people is actually useful for– talking, collaborating, brainstorming, creating.

I felt as though our group kept trying to push the envelope for discussion within each presentation.  We could have talked forever and kept bouncing ideas off of each other, if it weren’t for the time limits imposed by the initial direct instruction.

But that is the nature of a One-Shot Workshop, I suppose– reel them in, spit them out, and hope that something transferred.


4 thoughts on “Week Ten Class

  1. Kristin says:

    A-yep. We are definitely doing less-than-the-ideal when we do a one-shot. But, most school and library PD is built around it, so it’s a ‘genre’ to experiment with.

  2. Tyson says:

    Yeah, the one thing this week drove home to me was that classroom teaching is really hard to make interesting, especially when you have to present a substantial amount of new content in a pretty limited amount of time– which is really often the case in the real world. There were several workshops in my section that made me think, “This is really uninteresting.” But then when I thought about how I would’ve presented the same content in a more interesting way, I pretty much came up blank. It’s a tough nut to crack.

  3. linguomancer says:

    I also think the workshops could have been more effective with some kind of preparation work on the part of participants. I think it’s tough when you have to spend the beginning of the workshop throwing a lot of information at people, because it tends to be boring and not very interactive.

  4. Caroline says:

    It’s interesting to think about the ideal balance of instruction to activity and ideal topics for One-Shot Workshops, because the medium definitely restricts your choices. By definition, you can’t really assign introductory work before the workshop, and you don’t want to spend 3/4 of the time in demonstration or lecture – just the word choice ‘workshop’ connotes activity and production to me.

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