1. Photographrable Questions: The teacher seems to be motivating students to feel free to brainstorm questions about three interactive parts of consciousness: The inside, The immediate outside, experienced through the senses daily, and the larger more abstract macro world. The next steps, key word choices, the student is being asked to focus her/his ideas about these giant areas, ideas being questions. Then the student readies this for public interaction.
As a student, I'm, maybe, feeling a little bit of agoraphobia, wonder amidst a big place outside and inside myself. Once I know I'm allowed to really ask, I can get into this. I like asking real questions. When asked to focus, I might want to, but I don't know if I want to go to all this trouble. But I also begin to find out more as I interact with the specifics and myself.
2. Who Am I: The teacher seems to be aim at activating a student's skill at self-reflection, but in a very cognitive or metacognitive sense. Understanding the process by which one goes through something, we would be asking the student to consider the concepts of process and personal process, if these are in fact separate.
Similarly, the teacher seems to asking about identity, as above. The teacher is asking the students to look at him or her self, in several ways. The challenge in both is to find an image that shows this. The core of which is the willingness to analyze one's self.
As a student I might resist the slowing down to think or the willingness to think about the component parts, though, maybe, really, I am loving this chance to look at me and then reflect me in pictures rather than words.
3. Black Boy: The teacher is asking the students to have an authentic and communicated response to a piece of literature. Providing the range of possible responses, especially in that they suggest containment and focus, seems to provide a good support and structure, while still asking for thought and creativity. The range of possible forms of response does the same.
As a student I am excited by the need to analyze and communicate that analysis with creativity, thought and feeling. I feel treated like a real person, capapble of skill and insight.
4. Interactive Ethical Story using Scratch; The teacher is asking students to understand and use the elements of the Morality Tale or Fable, it seems, while making this understanding clear enough to employ as a writer. At the same time, students are asked to become familiar with Scratch