My first impressions:
My Night class was very different from my day class. Most students had much more energy and many more opinions. The class was composed of 16 students from many different disciplines. There were 5 groups of 3 people each. 1 group started off with 2 students and then quickly recruited another students to increase their points to win the Most Ethical Island Award. 2 students were missing and the established islands discussed how they would recruit or not recruit the missing students.
4 of the islands were comprised of students from the same discipline (1 culinary island, 2 health science islands, and 1 IT island). There was one team with a mixture of disciplines.
Most students were very vocal that they did not need a Code of Conduct and voted No on the diagram. Some students voted Maybe. And, even fewer voted Yes.
There were 2 teams that played by Traditional rules and 2 teams that made up rules to the game. One of the teams that made up the rules, made the rules so “unfair” and ridiculous, that the Traditional team quit after the score was 219 to 43.
The other teams played longer, were more friendly, but still agreed it was boring and unfair.
Not very many students changed their vote to needing rules. But, of the students that did change their minds, were on the Traditional Scrabble teams.
This outraged many students and they were closer to changing their vote, but were still resisting the need for rules.
Island Flags: The students all participated in creating flags that created a collected identity for their island. The team names are: Cyber Island, Three Guys Island, Smiley Island, The MA’s, and The Chefs.
Code of Conduct: The Islands then proceeded to make a Code of Conduct that would control the conduct on their island by the islanders and all visitors. The night class completed their Code.
I asked all the students to go home and answer a few “exit” questions. These are the questions:
- What did you think about the first class?
- Answer any or all of the following:
- What did you think about the island theme? Why?
- What did you think about the scrabble game we played with 2 islands? Why?
- What is 1 thing you learned today? Explain.
- What is 1 thing you want to learn? Explain.
- What did you think this class was going to be before Day 1? Did it change?
- Anything else that came to mind during the first class?
The responses blew me away! I will update when I get more in- it’s only been 20 hours and they have a week.
The night class is so different. They are much more resistant to changing their minds.