Apr 01

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Japanese News Report-Course 3 wrap-up

It was a pleasure and an enriching experience working together with my colleagues (Reiko Aya, Hiromi Hosoi, and Machiko Romaine) to create this Japanese food news report lesson plan.

Our two major goals for the lessons are…

  1. Students will deepen their understanding on food and nutrition.
  2. Students will become aware and be able to express the differences and similarities on meals such as school lunches between cultures.

Using a wiki and Googledocs to write, edit, and publish our lesson plan and grading rubric helped to facilitate collaboration.  Our lesson focused on higher level language learners–Students who could use more sophisticated language in order make comparisons and describe the different situations.

Fine tuning the language of the grading rubric was a good process.  Rubrics help guide the students when involved in a project.  The parts of this rubric can also be used for future projects.

Reiko also had a few additional photos on Flickr.
Actually going through the story boarding process for this project, I think our group learned how specific roles might be assigned to group members in order to help keep the group moving forward.

Reflecting on our project example, I think it works well since it is the simplest way (technically) for students to create the project.

Thank you Reiko Aya, Hiromi Hosoi, and Machiko Romaine for all of your collaborative efforts to complete this project.

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  1. Jamie Richard

    Great learning activity, Imanishi-sensei. Really sets the expectations from the start for your students and requires them to use so many important skills. Having just read a bit about Projects Based Learning, this seems to fit the category. In terms of tech standards, this project touches quite a few especially inquiring, creating, and communicating. It’s a high interest project and I know that your students are going to love this and learn a lot. From my own experience, it makes a huge difference when you actually do the activity yourself. Often times we miscalculate the amount of time and expertise needed for certain tasks, and by going through the process, it becomes much clearer what we can reasonably expect our students to produce. You’ve maybe already seen this site, but very relevant and the photos are outstanding: What School Lunches Look Like in 20 Countries Around the World (link to buzzfeed.com). Well done, tomodachi!

  2. Kim Cofino

    Well done team! Isn’t it amazing how much you learn when you actually go through the process of creating the kind of final project you will ask your students to do. It really does give you a much better perspective, and as you describe above, helps you make the instructions even clearer for your students. I only wish I understood enough Japanese to understand your movie :)

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