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Formative Assessments - Part 3 and a Friday Film Question

posted May 18, 2012, 4:08 AM by Christine Brower-Cohen   [ updated May 18, 2012, 4:08 AM by rcase@wbschools.org ]
May 18, 2012
In the third installment of this series, I thought I'd write about the "Silent Conversation."  I first particpated in a Silent Conversation at a conference workshop on character education.  The presenters had posted chart paper around the room and asked participants to walk around with Sharpies and write responses to various pre-written prompts at the top of the chart paper.  Participants' comments then became the launching points for discussion.  At a recent professional development session, I participated in the same type of activity, only with a group.  Participants were grouped together and asked to come up with a group response to the prompts at the top of the chart paper.  Because we were collaborating, we weren't  "silent" so this presenter called it a "carousel."  Whether you call it a "silent conversation" or a "carousel" this is a risk-free way for students to mill about and respond to questions without the glare of their peers.  By tweaking our questions to reflect the Common Core standards, this  can be a tool we use to guage our instruction, and therefore I think it is a keeper as we move forward with the Common Core.  (Part 1, Part 2)
On a much lighter note, I usually like to post a film clip on Fridays, but this week I'll pose a film question.  Last Saturday, at a Little League game, a girlfriend and I were talking about our favorite baseball movies and realized they were really chick-flicks.  I wondered if this could be considered its own sub-genre; chick-flicks disguised as baseball movies.  Of course on the top of our list was Bull Durham,  followed by The Natural,  then Stealing Home.  My question is, do you agree with this list of baseball movies that women love, and can you add any others to the list? 
Enjoy your weekend.
Happy reading,