Creating a lesson plan… creating a product

Students are presenting their lesson plans this morning [Thursday], and I’m happy to see how the plans have developed. Concepts that began life weeks ago as rambles, agendas or overly broad theses are now two-min elevator pitches. Like or dislike points, but they’re tight.

The start-up checklist” from Jessica Hagy’s stellar Indexed blog has the best diagram of qualities that students have applied to projects.

Hagy penned her art about start-ups in the business world, but the students had operated similarly in their work. Through their initial visions, critical vetting, collaborative discussions, increasing focus, and concluding deadlines, their lesson plans had become products.

One challenge for the students: After finishing a product (or while finishing it), the next issue is always the next product. A question the students repeatedly didn’t answer well this morning was what lessons they had learned and what shifts they had made during their work.

Comparing their early rambling to their current concision, some shifts certainly occurred. But vocalizing the changes today appeared harder.  As the students depart from this experience, they should look to bring scrutiny and find continued value in their work. Lessons here are going to be key — often unexpectedly so — in future plans and products.

Crossposted with some editing from Salzburg Global E-Media blog.

Hoorah for push

Sometimes one e-mail brings you everything you need for a day. Or part of a day. Feedblitz hit gold this weekend with “Cadence matters” from Jessica Hagy’s still-fantastic indexed blog and then a set from TMN. These links appeared one after the other in the headlines feed: diners who drink too much, plans for classic music at a bus station

Even if the music does succeed at driving loiterers away from the transit center, they won’t go very far, said 19-year-old Vrahmel Obleanis, who sat at the Tacoma Mall Transit Center playing a Nintendo GameBoy on Friday afternoon.

“They’ll say, ‘This is whack,’ and go over and hang out at the mall or by Babies ‘R’ Us,” said Obleanis, who lives on the Hilltop. “The music isn’t going to change the attitude of the kids.”

— the tales of two men crossing Asia and Europe by land in tuxedos, and the physics of a traffic jam. In the final link’s case, despite numberous experiments in how to single-handedly end traffic jams, there’s no mention of my idea of putting big tents over accidents.

In other news, The Bourne Ultimatum is one of the best action movies I’ve ever seen. After missing the first two in theaters and catching up through Netflix in the last year, I now feel like I’m a part of the Bourne family. Everyone in the packed theater … same reactions! When do we get to make the Bourne-meets-Bond movie?

It was a weird day today, for reasons unknown and probably uninteresting. But Homer put words to it this evening. “Marge, get me four beers, your address book and my conversation hat.”