This is a variant of Focused Conversation used to review a group's progress or
evolution over time. The sequence I intend to follow during the end of
semester Historical Scan is:
"As this course draws to a close, most of you will be moving on to or back to
classes that involve .... Let's look back at the experiences we've had, from
the time you heard of the course until today.
Take a moment to jot down things that struck you, e.g., Keith's video,
"heterogeneous construction," "OK/RNR," the interpreters,....
Now choose 5 of them and write them in on the post-its in as large block
letters as will fit.
Select one from early on. [Put them on the board, consulting the class to keep
them in order] ... from the middle... from the later part of the course....
others [including those covering the whole period]
- When were you excited?....discouraged?
- What do these experiences remind you of?
- When were there transitions?
- If this were a book, what name would you give for the "chapters" between the
- ...name for the whole "book"?
- What have you learned about a diverse group of students coming together to
"read this book"? [Remind participants to be telegraphic -- avoid speeches.]
- What have you learned about facilitating thinking and learning as they relate
- How shall you translate the learning to future situations?