What Can You Do With This: Fortune
One of my long-time favorite bloggers from back when I was a math teacher, Dan Meyer, whose blog dy/dan deservedly blew up and won hella awards a couple years ago, does this cool thing called WCYDWT. It stands for “What Can You Do With This” and in these posts he puts up a photo or video and asks how it could be used in the classroom. At this point he’s got 20+ good ones up there and I think his original intent is finally getting through to me:
At the very least, we will find in these (high-res, DRM-free) media a better way to introduce material than whatever “real world” contrivance your textbook recommends. At best, we will train our eyes to find our content areas in the world around us, becoming better teachers in the process.
I spent a good part of the day today laying around in the park with awesome people and not building an assignment that I couldn’t quite get excited about. As it turned from sunny to breezy to time for dinner, nothing had hit me. Then we ate, and paid, and finally I got what I didn’t know I was waiting for:
So I know what I’m doing with it and I just started writing up the assignment, but in the spirit of dy/dan let’s ask: What can you do with this?