Fortunately a few of students are excited at the news that I would have to work on a project to set up a platform for all users of our library to look for recommendations of good books to be read. Kirsten spreaded/released the news to them, whom she had encountered right after the lunch time. As she is a real professional teacher, she kindly facilitated the ground, where I could easily get the project started even though I was not so ready to be confident starting although I had had enough reasons and resources explored beforehand. Kirsten suggested that once I should start, I could easily get to know which areas I prepare more and less.
First of all I set up the smart board, where a gathering group of people easily could work on after I explained to them the reason behind this project and the accessible audience of this platform. The whole title of the blog was considered by all of them together, and the easy-language to be used for was suggested by two of the students since students themselves would have to understand the content at first even though the audience would include adults such as parents, teachers, experts and peers.
They said that this should be a platform, where the students’ perspectives are highly valued. The simple is the best, on which they emphasize, yet to make the usage of language simple enough to be understood clearly could be the most difficult. However somehow they had already been accustomed to thinking of the attractive/objective description to represent the blog. All voices were coming in/out and in the end they all agreeded to ‘Readers Favorites’.
Since this platform idea was attributed to our reading activity called ‘Mystery Readers’, ‘Can You be My Mystery Readers?’ as an example was suggested to them at the first hand. They pointed out that it could not be applicable to everyone, which makes sense to the concept of this platform since it has to be useful one for all users out/inside of this community too. When the title was discussed, they said they would bring up the idea later, yet as they talked to each other during the allocated time, their unexpecting ideas, at which they were even surprised by themselves were coming out of their heads.
Vigorous students and their attention to the audience
They are also all volunteered/vigorous students,who want to ‘create’ something, and they look to me that this project is a part of play during their lunch recess time, which has to be something fun otherwise they would not have taken initiatives. They instantly allocated/assigned their roles by themselves since each student recognized her strength and weakness. There were 4 students gathering, and the first two took their parts in writing/editing and started thinking the descriptive sentences to explain the purpose of the blog to the audience. They were so eager to create the instruction on the welcome page, which needs to be clearly served to the students mainly since adults could understand childrens’ usage of language anyway. The level of the language should be focused on that of students. They seem to be hunger for the opportunity to create something, which is really extended format of playtime. This reminded me of the previous course, according to which play is the golden time to get our unprecedented ideas since all we are so relaxed during the playtime.
The rest of two were more likely to think of the fitted image of the each page according to a grade tab. They did not want to just point to the section of our library to have an image chosen, rather they wanted to create an extended image of the section integrated with those students’ physical expression. One day as I asked one student the reason behind the image they had created/chosen. She told me that selected books shown at the head banner of the G1/G2 page would have readers stop waiting for a second to inspire their curiosity to read the book, which has got the mismatched title with the illustration.
Since they seemed to enjoy the time so much, their ideas were seamlessly coming out/in and they loved editing their first thoughts, which were renewed again and again until they found their right sentences/words.