Overview of Module 2 (June 15-21)

Key Ideas of Mod 2

  1. Review Module 1 learning and provide feedback to each other
  2. Follow your passion: Develop Final Inquiry Project ideas
  3. Build understanding of multiple ways to articulate thinking: The Hundred Languages of Children & Multiple Intelligence Theory
  4. Cultivate active observation
  5. Team learning
  6. Apply and practice

Mod 2 Resources

Hello, you’ve made a fabulous start! I see our Diigo resources are growing! Onward to Module 2!

There are many factors that may block our ability to think (“mental block”?) and express our thoughts; internal, external or a combination of both forces. These barriers hold us back from being clear, productive thinkers. In medieval times, kings and monarchs had court jesters to offer words of honesty and insights. Well, we have to find our own muse or get some help sometimes from others!

Looking for My Muse

In Module 2, I’ve created opportunities for you to challenge your thinking and to practice extending your thinking through the use of prompts (like court jesters!). Use these resources as stimuli to jumpstart and articulate your thinking.

First, watch Tom Kelley’s (2008) Thinking Like a Traveler Video (with Transcript) to prepare for your Active Observation Practice Exercise.

I have included Nick Sousanis’ Upwards graphic article (taken from his book, Unflattening) to challenge you to rethink forms of expression. Nick Sousanis was a PAGE fellow with Imagining America and is the first doctoral student to write a dissertation (Unflattening) in a comic book format. Explore more of his ideas in The Shape of Our Thoughts.

Unflattening by Nick Sousanis

Developing an awareness for opportunities to apply one’s thinking abilities leads to productive thinking. Barampour’s (2014) article on More Students Battle Hunger raises the issue of “food insecurity” among some college students. This article will be the springboard for your Team Collaboration exercise (see instructions below).

The rest of these resources, stitched together, offer you insights into another way of making sense of human intelligence and abilities. Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence Theory (MI) and the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education, founded by Loris Malaguzzi, came about around the same time in the early 1980s.

What resources are available on the open web about the Reggio Emilia approach? Search and add your web resources as bookmarks to Diigo.

Finally, it’s strategic to start brainstorming for your Final Inquiry Project. 😁



Mod 2 Activities

  • You will create 1 Make.














  • 100MAKE: You have 2 main ingredients, Loris Malaguzzi’s “No way. The Hundred is There” poem (see picture above) and Howard Gardner’s MI components (see Resources for more). Blend, mix, mash up, that is, connect these 2 ingredients to produce a delicious “dish.”
  • Create a MAKE inspired by your understanding of the poem. I mentioned the 6 Facets of Understanding Guide in our chat last Friday. Check the Documents folder. Use this Guide to think about what is understanding and how you relate to this poem. Pick 2 of these 3 facets, Explanation, Interpretation and/or Empathy facets of understanding to help you process the poem.
  • How will you use any of the MI components to articulate your thoughts?
  • Label it with the category VCUTHINK and tag it as 100MAKE.
  • It may be a low-tech or high-tech product. You may draw a picture by hand and capture it as an image with your mobile device. Upload it to your blog. Provide a brief explanation of your 100Make. If you wish, you may use PicMonkey, Notegraphy, Canva, SoundCloud, WeVideo, Visual Poetry, etc. to create a dual (e.g. text + image) or multimedia make (text + still image + sound + moving image +++).
  • Publish your 100MAKE on your Rampages blog for feedback.
  • First, watch Tom Kelley’s video (Transcript is available at the original site at Stanford University)

  • Then, conduct an Active Observation Exercise using these questions as a guide. It can be downloaded as a document.
  • Observe in the chosen setting for about 30 – 40 minutes (bookstore, cafe, etc.). It all depends on what’s going on in your setting. Note: Please do not place yourself in harm’s way! Take quick notes. Then go home to organize and write your Observation notes based on any number of questions you have thought about. New questions are also welcomed.
  • Create a post to share your Active Observation notes. Make it interesting!
  • Assign the category VCUTHINK to the post and tag it OBSERVE.

Identify a topic of your interest that you wish to explore. Create a Google Document about your proposed idea and share it with me. Brainstorm your ideas in writing with me at this stage in the Google Document in your individual folder. Sketches or drawings may be incorporated.

See Final Inquiry Project details in Documents folder.

Exploring the Web & Thinking Together

The article by Barampour is a prompt for you all

  • to explore the web and share your findings on the topic
  • to trigger new thoughts, connections and questions that you may not have thought of if you work alone


  • Before you complete this activity, make sure to read Barampour’s article.
  • All of you will work as one team for this activity. The person whose last name ranks last alphabetically in this course will initiate this project. He/She will create a Google Document for everyone to work together and make sure to share it with everyone in the VCUTHINK folder, including me.
  • I have rotated the team roles in light of a total of 3 Team Activities that will take place in this course. The Participants List is in the VCUTHINK folder. You can also contact each other via Blackboard LMS Email. Also, Google Documents track Revision History (File > Revision History).
  • In your team, explore this topic of “food insecurity” inspired by Barampour’s article. Use Paul and Elder’s Guide on intellectual standards and the 6 Facets of Understanding Guide (3 pages of prompts and questions) by Wiggins and McTighe (Hint: in VCU or elsewhere. Not just happening in America?) to explain, interpret, clarify … There are multiple questions in these guides to help you.
  • You may use the Advanced Search Panels of Google and Twitter to locate more relevant and specific information.
  • Write and rewrite. Insert hyperlinks and images to share your findings.
  • Use at least 2 “languages” to document team findings.
  • Continue to tweet asynchronously as you learn this week. Pick a few quotes/ideas from your readings that resonate with you (made you say or think, “Hmm?” or “Aha!” etc.).
  • Think about how you might paraphrase or restate them to share on Twitter (140 characters).
  • Remember to add #VCUTHINK to each tweet. We will then be able to follow the conversation stream.
  • Come to the Google Hangout and talk about your learning experiences.
  • Course engagement is an ongoing activity.
  • In particular, check out other learners’ Module 1 reflection posts and makes on the Blog Hub. Comment and tweet to your peers about your responses to Module 1 posts BY Wed Jun 17.
  • Add comments to at least 5* posts. Remember to use the Feedback Ladder as a guide.

*Updated to 3 posts 6/20/15, one student joined late

Reflect on a few major things you have learned from this week’s experience and what you hope to improve on. What excited you, worried you …What connections do you see between your work and other participants? Include some quotes from their blog posts and makes in your reflection post. Explain why you decided on these quotes.

  • Reflect and write your reflection blog post in any one of these suggested formats (Adapted from Costa & Kallick, 2008). 
    • A letter to yourself.
    • Interview. Draft some questions you would ask yourself about this week’s learning experience.
    • Invent your own format.
  • Assign the category VCUTHINK to this reflection. Assign the tag REFLECT2 to this post. Publish the post.

Now that you’ve learned about “Unflattening,” consider making your posts NOT just one-dimensional.

Continue to search for content on the web using keywords related to Module 2. Add at least 2 bookmarks to our Diigo group BY Sunday Jun 21.

Last Updated: Friday, June 19, 2015, 1:42 PM

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