>Leung Tsz Kwong, > >With my first and second graders last year I played the game "Yes, >No, Maybe So." I placed 5 objects (a flashlight, a plastic cup, a >gimme cap, a framed drawing, and a ceramic vase) at the front of the >room. Each student was given a handout with a drawing of each of the >objects and a blank beside each object for the student to respond >with a Y, N, or M. Before discussion of each object, each student >would report their decision, and I would chart it on the board. > >As rules, we decided that a student could change his or her mind at >any time depending on how the discussion went (which didn't happen >often). Everyone had to have a reason for the decision they made. >No one could be rude to another person. > >I also linked to their science lessons because they had been >discussing and learning about "critical attributes" in science. We >discussed what might be critical attributes for an artwork. We made >a list on the board. They tried to apply these to the five objects >at the front of the room. Sometimes we had to alter our list of >critical attributes. For example, > >"the plastic cup is art because it is green, and we said art has to >have color.'' > >" maybe art has to have more than color to be art" > >Teacher " what could that extra thing be that makes it become art? >Can you compare it to something that you are pretty sure is art and >see if there are differences?" > >There were great discussions during this lesson and often the >discussion would carry over into the next class. First and second >graders are definitely capable of carrying on discussion of this >type. And they enjoy it. In one of the second grade classes the >teacher was graphing favorite art lessons, and one-third of her class >chose "yes, no, maybe so" as their favorite activity. > >Jeff Young >jyoung
Thank you for your information. It is very interesting activity and I think
the most exciting moment would be when students start to change their
answers from "no", to "yes" or vice versa. And I think it would be also
useful in higher form students, too.