Iteration

This was a fun little activity that really helped the kids see the power of descriptive words. I stole this from a workshop with Kath Murdoch, and re-applied it to descriptive writing and meta-cognitive reflection. It is iterative, meaning that each stage is repeated and added onto. I have been playing with a lot of iterative activities. They are powerful, make thinking visible, and allow for constant reflection. Our ideas are constantly changing and evolving, and with iterative activities, you can see and trace those changes. Iteration is something that I am playing with at the moment, kind of like my own personal inquiry this year, and I hope to have more to say about this in the future.

What is under the cloth?

Step One: With your eyes

Describe what you see under the cloth. What words come to mind? What do you know to be true? What are your initial predictions? Write down your ideas and descriptive words.



Step Two: With the palms of your hands (no fingers)

Describe what you feel. What words come to mind? What do you know to be true? What are your predictions? How have they changed? Write down your ideas and descriptive words.



Step Three: With your hands

Describe what you feel. What words come to mind? What do you know to be true? What are your predictions? How have they changed? Write down your ideas and descriptive words.



Step Four: Remove the cloth

Describe what you see. How close were your predictions? At what stage did your predictions become accurate, or go in the wrong direction? Why? Write down your ideas and descriptive words.



Descriptive Paragraph Story

You walk through the door and find yourself in the middle of an all white room. In the center of the room is an all white table. On top of the table is an item.

(finish the story by describing the item)

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