When I was a little girl and I got upset about something tragic, (ya know Full House ending, thinking Ursula was going to marry the prince in Little Mermaid) I would cry. My parents would use reverse psychology on me by saying in a silly voice, “Don’t you smile,” and I would get over whatever “tragic” thing was happening in my 5 year old life.
The use of reverse psychology often works on students. This past year I allowed students to choose which type of project they wanted to do to show their comprehension of Civil War novels. I explained multiple projects to small groups of students and showed them a project completed by one of Mr. Reiff’s students (project below). I explained the concept of how they could complete a project like this for their novel, but it may be “too complex” for them to do it. By the end of the day 75% of my class wanted to do a high school level project.
@mrreiff ‘s student project:
I am a big advocate of teaching a student how to use apps appropriately and then allowing them to choose which apps they want to implement to complete projects. By the time my students read our Civil War novels (Meet Addy, I Survived: The Battle of Gettysburg, and Will At the Battle of Gettysburg), they were very well versed in how to use apps. After showing students the high school project and giving them rubrics, I did NOT help them create their project.
In my classroom students learn in small groups and at independent stations. To Student collaboration is powerful. Once students work independently, I may give them suggestions for improvement and review their rubrics with them. Ultimately, the projects my students create belong to them. They have the ownership of their work.
When we allow space for students to perform, the quality of their products may surprise you. Below, you will find two projects made by my students. They independently added appropriate sound effects, hashtags, emojis, and combined multiple apps to produce their final projects. Enjoy!
Gracelyn’s Project Below:
Haleigh’s Project Below: