Lesson/Unit Plans and Activities
Given the sudden change to remote teaching only two weeks before the beginning of Spring quarter 2020, it seemed important to find ways involve students in the material of a course using multiple modalities. While Reacting to the Past is already an active learning pedagogy, I wanted my students to have a tactile, rather than just auditory & visual, way of experiencing the material. Therefore, in place of a text book or other materials, students were asked to make or purchase a drop spindle, wool roving, and knitting needles, a crochet hook, or a small weaving loom. This allows them to directly interact with the ideas about the difficulty of hand spinning and clothmaking, and the importance of the transition to mechanization, explored in Rage Against the Machine, a Reacting to the Past game. Students will show off their creations to their classmates during the Elections, the last day of gameplay, which will be conducted as a synchronous Zoom session.
Talyn, Becky, "Active Learning in Science & Technology" (2020). Q2S Enhancing Pedagogy. 173.