A Quickfire is a challenge that is presented to an students that has constraints and a time frame (think about the TV show Top Chef!). These activities are meant to be a time to learn new tools and push student thinking. Therefore, students should feel comfortable trying out a new tool rather than going with the same old tool they may be really good at already. As part of the Quickfire process, teachers should NOT take a grade on these activities - they should encourage students to think outside the box and be quick about their thinking. The Quickfire activities that I created to do with teachers are rooted in the design thinking process and were intended to be completed within 45-60 minutes (roughly 1 class period). Each time, students will produce a product (although some may not consider their products as “complete” and that is completely acceptable - the purpose is to begin designing a solution to something that you had not previously conceived of before).
As part of my approach to implementing Quickfires, I created a leveled chart that show how the students are connecting to the project. This helps me to see where we are in our scaffolding process and ways we can push our students to think outside of themselves.
HOW MIGHT WE promote school spirit among the student population?
- Students will be introduced to the concept of Quickfires
- Promote school spirit through visual displays
- Encourage a welcoming community for our new superintendent
(Side Note: When I set this up, Lensmob was working properly. Today when we went to send the pictures, it appears that Lensmob might be having a glitch or no longer supported. Next time I think I will use the 'File Upload' feature of Google Forms for submitting pictures.)
- A sense of belonging to community through collaboration, communication, and creative innovation.
- A sense of confidence in creating something that is on public display.
- Experienced a new resource.
- A sense of understanding of what it means to be a student at our high school and how to build school spirit (the "why" of this Quickfire).
- Welcomed our new superintendent to the district!