I was fortunate this year to “take over” this event from our Assistant Principal who has facilitated this for the past few years. It was an easy “YES” when I was asked to consider helping with One Day.
The most difficult challenge I had was trying to organize 450 students and about 50 teachers to make this event successful. I took feedback from teachers on previous OneDays and tried to make minor revisions based on that feedback and my own experiences with student driven project based learning, as a MYP Design Teacher and Personal Project Coordinator.
I wanted teachers to have ownership over OneDay since a lot of the success of this project hangs on them. I led an informational session and gathered feedback and suggestions from teachers in November. Then after One Day, I held another feedback session, where I gathered a lot (too much, maybe) information from teachers regarding strengths, weaknesses and where we want to go with OneDay in the future.
Overall, I was really happy with One Day and I felt that a majority of the student projects were done well for the amount of time that they had to create – really only about 5 hours. I am still left a lot of questions:
Originally I wanted to try to stretch out OneDay into a week-long experience, very much like our Future’s Academy’s Ignite Weeks, but they are exhausting to facilitate and it would leave some amazing mentors out of the picture for other grade levels, like one of our grade 6 teachers who is an amazing fashionista and clothing designer.
I also love the idea of walking around school and seeing EVERY middle schooler creating at the same time, there is definitely something very special about the idea.
So, in the next month, I will meet with the middle school teachers with a proposal for next year’s OneDay… and then start planning for next year!