1. Designing your ideal playground, comparing it to today's vanilla playgrounds, and reading about "The Overprotected Kid"
Before you read...
- Design your ideal playground (sketch it or describe it in words). Create it from bottom to top, starting with what the ground would be made of, what the playground itself would be made of, what equipment it would have (if any equipment at all), how tall it would be, what colors it would have, etc.
- On a scale of 1-5, 5 being extremely risky, 1 being extremely safe, how risky is your playground? Please explain.
As you read the article, please respond to these questions in your F451 notes (feel free to watch the videos, but please use earbuds or turn the volume off)...
- What is "The Land," and what makes it unique?
- What's happened to our playgrounds over the years and why?
- What is problematic about today's playgrounds?
- Does "The Land" appeal to you? Why don't we have playgrounds like this in the U.S.?
- In your opinion, can playgrounds affect the kind of people we become? How so (or not)? Do you think you (or American teenagers in general) are overprotected?
- What connections can you make between this article and F451? Please post this one on the class blog.
2. Reading F451 and journaling/reflecting; remember that you need to be through page 139 by Thursday.
3. Checking on my handwritten journals/annotations
1. Your next reading assignment isn't due until Thursday, but it's the long one: Read through page 139 for Thursday and prepare for our penultimate fishbowl. Make sure your journals/annotations/reflections are up to date.
2. If you're giving your presentation this Friday, April 8, now is the time to prepare.
3. ANY MAKEUP WORK/REVISIONS FROM THE LAST SIX WEEKS ARE DUE THIS FRIDAY. THIS INCLUDES MISSED FISHBOWLS. If you have any grades that need to be fixed, please e-mail me.