Building a Learning Community

Though students in British Literature are beginning their last year of high school and are familiar with school policies and typical BHS classroom routines, it is still important to establish guidelines for the learning communities they will be a part of this year. One of those communities is built of the people who share their time, ideas, and experiences in senior English class.

We spent much of the first two weeks of school identifying what we wanted in a learning community, what we expected of ourselves and others, and what we felt we could bring to the group. This work began with a review of Gary Hirsch’s Ted Talk about inspiring and innovative collaboration: Meet Your Monster.

The qualities Hirsch presents as essential to effective collaboration - asking for help, letting go of judgment and control, and working together to improvise and innovate - reflected many of our ideas about a productive learning community. We used Hirsch’s work to inspire our mission statements for how we would contribute to the community.

Hirsch’s #BotJoy project asks people to steal his idea of creating artistic representations of what we want to put out into the world. The artwork takes the form of robots painted on dominoes, which is pretty amazing. We decided that our bots would express and present our individual powers - the strengths we possess that will bring positivity and growth to our learning community. We thought about how our bots would operate in the world and crafted a symbol for the power our bots reflected. Then, we got busy painting. You can see the activity instructions HERE.

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Our finished products are awesome! They will be displayed in our class throughout the year, reminding us of our powers to impact the communities important in our lives and giving us some extra joy when we need it.


You can see our LEARNING COMMUNITY GUIDELINES, inspired by our class conversations and bot mission statements HERE.